July 13 (Reuters) – Voter support for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government, reeling from a thrashing at the polls, has fallen to 36.3 percent, a Kyodo news agency survey showed on Tuesday, posing another headache for Kan as he faces a potential leadership challenge from inside his own party.
Kan’s ruling coalition lost its majority in a weekend upper house election, putting his policies to deal with massive debt and generate growth at risk and prompting warnings by credit ratings agencies S&P and Fitch on Japan’s sovereign ratings. [ID:nTOE66C03L]
Kan’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) still controls the more powerful lower house. But it needs help from other parties to push bills through the upper chamber as they struggle to end decades of stagnation in the world’s No.2 economy. (Reporting by Linda Sieg)