Japan’s voters want a new prime minister, according to an opinion poll carried out by the Nikkei business daily.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been criticised on the streets and in parliament for his handling of the disaster following the March 11 earthquake/tsunami and the subsequent problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The cost of the material damage alone from the catastrophe is estimated at 210 billion euros.
Meanwhile, Toyota has resumed production at all of its factories in Japan for the first time since the twin disasters. The car-maker was forced to shut down output at all but three plants, and is still struggling to find parts for its models.
The battle to bring the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant under control is still ongoing. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it hoped to achieve a cold shutdown to make the reactors stable within six to nine months.
More than 13,000 people died, and tens of thousands left without homes when the quake/tsunami struck.
Japan's PM under poll pressure