Opposition to Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda’s plan to increase the nation’s sales tax rose 5 percentage points to 56 percent this month from May, according to an Asahi newspaper survey.
The Japanese public’s support for the plan decreased to 32 percent from 39 percent during the same period, according to the poll, held on June 4-5 following a reshuffle of the Cabinet. A total 72 percent of respondents said they oppose passing the tax bill during the current Diet session, compared with 17 percent in favour, the newspaper said.
The Cabinet’s approval rating rose by 1 percentage point to 27 percent, while the disapproval rating was 51 percent compared with 53 percent in May, the Asahi reported. The survey received 1,063 valid responses for a response rate of 54 percent, the newspaper said.