A poll by Nikkei newspaper revealed on Monday that prime minister’s Yoshihiko Noda’s popularity has dropped for the first time under 30 percent, with most Japanese rejecting his most important political intentions – reactivating nuclear energy and increasing taxes.
Support for Noda’s government dropped to 29 percent, from 34 percent a month ago, the lowest level since he took office in 2011.
About 54 percent of Japanese oppose the reopening of nuclear reactors – a plan which the government announced earlier this month. Noda’s intention to increase the sales tax to 10 percent by 2015, in order to fund social security increasing costs and a ballooning public debt, is dismissed by 50 percent of the citizens, according to the new poll.
Starting May 6 Japan will not have any nuclear reactor in operation, according to a Kyodo News report. At that date Hokkaido Electric Power will shut down its No. 3 unit at the Tomari plant
The Japanese government has been supporting the idea of restarting two reactors at Kansai Electric Power’s Ohi nuclear plant. The two reactors at Ohi plant are the first which passed the so-called “stress tests” required by the government in order to approve restarts.