Fifty percent of respondents said Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign to take responsibility for the falsified documents, while 36 percent said there was no such need.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied any involvement in the Finance Ministry's falsifying documents on nationalist elementary school Moritomo Gakuen in a meeting of the upper house budget committee on Monday.
"Various polls have shown his cabinet approval rating plunging and the stable base of the Abe administration is wobbling", he said in a commentary.
References to Abe, his wife, and Aso were removed from the finance ministry's records of the sale, copies of documents released by the ministry showed.
Despite government claims that a hefty discount was necessary to decontaminate heavily polluted land, media reports claimed the contractor was pressured into faking a report on the depth of garbage found on the land, which was used to justify the low price. A Nippon TV poll found Abe's support crumbling some 14 percentage points from last month to 30 percent, the lowest for that poll in Abe's more than five years in office and less than half the peak of 66 percent in April 2013, when his easy-money "Abenomics" policies were dramatically starting to lift Japan out of decades of deflation.
At the same time, Abe acknowledged that it was only natural for the public to cast a suspicious eye on the country's first couple after his wife was named honorary principal of the school.
Tokyo stocks dropped on Monday with investor sentiment weighed down by political uncertainty with a cronyism scandal denting the approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet. But Abe is resisting.
Opposition lawmakers renewed demands that Abe's wife and top officials involved in the land sale be summoned to testify in parliament.
If Abe is to be replaced, it will require an internal power struggle within the LDP, and the opposition camp will play no part, Matsumoto said.
The opposition is calling for the resignation of the prime minister and his entire cabinet. "I'm not going to make comments every time (there is a poll)".
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.90 percent or 195.61 points to close at 21,480.90 Monday, while the broader Topix index was down 0.96 percent or 16.66 points at 1,719.97.
But the market cut the losses later thanks to a halt to the currency's appreciation, brokers said.
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