Ishiba Shigeru, Edano Yukio, and Maehara Seiji are still the top three in the preferred next PM stakes according to this jiji article (jp), at 10.6%, 9.6% and 9.3% respectively. How about the two leading old guard members of the LDP, current leader and President Tanigaki Sadakazu and Secretary-general Ishihara Nobuteru? How about Finance Minister Noda Yoshihiko, who many in the DPJ were touting as Kan’s replacement?
They are all much less popular than the kindly fellow below, who is about to go on trial:
The supposed PM-in-waiting Noda doesn’t even break half of Ozawa’s 5.7%.
My latest post on South Sudan and Japanese editorials at Japan Security Watch.
If you are wondering about Ozawa’s “limpet-like attachment” to the DPJ, this is as good a place to go as any.