BOJ takes steps to thaw credit crunch

POLLS In an extraordinary monetary policy meeting Tuesday, the Bank of Japan said it would help companies get operating funds toward the yearend by accepting lower-rated corporate debt from banks as collateral for loans. [THE JAPAN TIMES]

Fukuda Cabinet support rate off to record 33.4%

POLLS The support rate for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet stood at 33.4 percent in the latest Kyodo News poll, down 2.2 percentage points from the previous survey and the lowest level since the start of his administration last September. [THE JAPAN TIMES]

59% want gas tax revenue spent on uses other than roads

POLLS Nearly 60 percent of voters want revenue from the higher gas tax rate used for general purposes, not just road construction as stipulated in the ruling coalition’s bill, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed. [ASAHI]

Fukuda Cabinet disapproval rate hits 50%

POLLS The disapproval rate on Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet surpassed 50 percent for the first time in a poll conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun, it reported Monday.

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has not been able to increase ordinary people's trust in politicians.

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68% disenchanted with political climate

POLLS Two out of every three people distrust political parties and politicians and feel that their vote has no influence, a Yomiuri Shimbun survey has found. (1) [YOMIURI]

Cabinet disapproval rate hits 51%

POLLS The approval rate of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda dipped to 38.7 percent in the latest opinion poll by The Yomiuri Shimbun, while the disapproval rate rose to 50.8 percent. [YOMIURI]

55% of voters want Diet compromise on gas tax bill

POLLS With the battle over the higher gasoline tax rate threatening to flare again, 55 percent of voters want the ruling and opposition camps to compromise and find common ground, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed. [ASAHI]

Fukuda Cabinet approval falls under 50% for 1st time

POLLS The approval rating for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet fell below 50 percent for the first time since it was formed, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey. [YOMIURI]

Cabinet’s approval rises to 41.4% on hep C decision

POLLS Public support for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet has jumped 6.1 points to 41.4 percent from last month, according to a public opinion poll taken after the ruling coalition forced passage of a contentious antiterrorism bill through the Diet on Friday. [THE JAPAN TIMES]

Cabinet support rate plunges to 31%

POLLS The pension debacle slashed the Cabinet’s support rate to 31 percent, a level below the non-support rate for the first time since Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda took office, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed. [ASAHI]

Fukuda Cabinet support rate plunges to 31%

POLLS The support rate for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda plunged to 31 percent in the latest survey from 44 percent in the previous survey in early December, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported Friday. [KYODO]

Fukuda Cabinet approval rating sinks to 35% on pension blunder

POLLS The approval rating for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet plunged 11.7 percentage points from early November to 35.3 percent, according to an opinion poll Kyodo News conducted Saturday and Sunday over the telephone. [KYODO]

LDP, DPJ tie in voters’ support

POLLS The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan would go neck to neck if a Lower House election is held now, according to the results of The Asahi Shimbun survey conducted over the weekend. [ASAHI]

50% sure, fairly sure rise in consumption tax inevitable

POLLS Fifty percent of respondents to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey consider it inevitable or somewhat necessary that the consumption tax rate must rise to maintain the current social security system, including the pension program. [YOMIURI]

Cabinet approval rating falls to 45%

POLLS The approval rating for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet fell 2 percentage points from three weeks ago to 45 percent while the disapproval rating rose 4 points to 34 percent, Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun reported Monday. (1) [KYODO]

Cabinet approval rating at 55%: Nikkei poll

POLLS The approval rating for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet fell 4 percentage points from a month earlier to 55 percent, a major Japanese business daily reported Monday. [KYODO]

44 percent want DPJ to win next Lower House election, 39 percent say LDP: poll

POLLS Forty-four percent of the general public want the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to win the next House of Representatives election, a Mainichi Shimbun poll suggests. (1) [MAINICHI]

Support for Fukuda Cabinet plummets, phone poll shows

POLLS Support for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s Cabinet plunged by 11 points over the past month, falling to 46 percent, according to a Mainichi phone poll over the weekend. [MAINICHI]

Support for Fukuda Cabinet slides to 47%

POLLS Opponents outnumber supporters in a continuation of the Self-Defense Forces’ refueling operation in the Indian Ocean, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows. [ASAHI]

Mother and daughter recycling pet bottles.

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Two in five favor environment tax: poll

POLLS Two in five Japanese accept a special tax to protect the environment as public awareness of climate change grows, according to a government survey released Saturday. (1) [AFP]

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