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Most Japanese want PM Abe to heed fallout over Yasukuni: Poll

Published on Dec 29, 2013 5:53 PM
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A protester from a right-wing, conservative and anti-Japanese civic group chants slogans denouncing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine as he holds a placard, depicting the Japanese rising sun flag that has been set alight, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, Dec 27, 2013. A majority of Japanese voters want Mr Abe to heed the diplomatic fallout after his visit to a controversial war shrine, but nevertheless largely approved of his job performance, a poll showed on Sunday, Dec 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - A majority of Japanese voters want Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to heed the diplomatic fallout after his visit to a controversial war shrine, but nevertheless largely approved of his job performance, a poll showed on Sunday.

In a telephone survey taken by Kyodo News on Saturday and Sunday, 69.8 percent of respondents said the conservative leader should pay attention to the implications of his recent surprise visit to the Yasukuni shrine.

It also showed that 47.1 percent said it was "not good" that Mr Abe visited the shrine.

The news agency did not immediately release details of the nationwide survey, such as the number of participants.

 
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