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EDITORIAL / New party in power, same old politics
Despite a change of government last year, the nation's politics shows no sign of changing. With such high initial expectations for the administration, the voters' disappointment has deepened.
Six months have passed since the administration of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was inaugurated in September. Voters' disappointment is also evident in Yomiuri Shimbun opinion polls, which have shown a continuous decline in the Hatoyama Cabinet's approval rate.
The approval rate, which saw its zenith of 75 percent at the launch of the administration, was at its nadir of 41 percent in this month's survey. The approval rate of the Democratic Party of Japan also dropped 20 percentage points to 31 percent from the 51 percent marked at the time of inauguration.
The biggest reason has been attributed to the issue of money politics, which is reminiscent of the times when the Liberal Democratic Party was in power.
At any rate, the scandals …