Japan PM tries to deflect base feud, scandal weighs

Japan`s leader on Monday stood by his conviction not to decide the fate of a US base before the end of the May, even though the nagging issue is further eroding voter support already hurt by a funding scandal.

Support for Japan`s PM above 70%: Report

Support for Japan`s new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama stayed above 70 percent more than two weeks after he took power, a newspaper survey showed on Monday, but tough challenges loom ahead for the novice government.