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Abe's ratings recover to 50% level amid North Korea security jitters

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By Linda Sieg

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NHK said 40% of 1000 people chosen, out of a country of 12000000 people. Should I love him or hate him?

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How convenient...

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Japanese Abe Government denied condemnation from UN to justify problematic "Conspiracy-Law".

but,about national security,

They rely on authority of UN.

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nothing like a bit of scaremongering and nationalist fervor and military posturing to get thoise ratings up.  voters really can be gullible.

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Fickle!

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To what extent can you trust Abe's most favorable newspaper (Yomiuri Shimbun) and newsliner NHK's reports about rating recoveries? These are the most non-neutral political analysers you can get on the market.

The government is lurkingly increasing pressure on the media to drop any articles that might hurt Abe's administration. Japan's freedom of press are among the worst in the world, ranking below countries like Malawi, Lesotho, Senegal, Niger etc. The comparison is significant in the years after 2012 with continously decline after Abe took office, and is still declining.

I understand your reputation in Japan National Press Club is at stake, but consider to portray the government from a more neutral point of view. I would've appreciated more sources rather than the conservative (Yomiuri) This is just like fueling the Nippon Kaigi with more propaganda!:( I'm starting to believe Nippon Kaigi is what actually guides Japan like a marionette these days! Why else would not Abe do like Junichiro Koizumi did in 2006, to rightfully step down as prime minister after his party leader-term expired?

With Abe in power for 4 new years you'll have more of this; to pass the Anti-terror bill, allow Hitler's "Mein Kampf" as school material without guidance on how to portray the book, to restrict the medias negative influence over the government, introduce pre-WW2 ideals and prospects, increased Nippon Kaigi influence in the political nature, more Nazi-gaffes by LDP, lose your respective long standing pacifist-status, men and women going abroad to support Trump led USA's war of agression in the Middle East, more visits to Yasakuni Shrine and more negative comments by Korea and China. And suddenly Japan has turned into a more seclusive society were national values are more chersihed than individual moral values. It can happen in the blink of an eye, with LDP maintaining 2/3 majority and literally having a "one-party state". And like Aso himself said; LDP can silently enact bills just the way Nazi-Germany did. Is this what Japan will turn into with more Abe?

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Public opinion poll by Yomiuri who support Nationalistic Abe Government.

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Some would like to deny it, but Abe is thanking the heavens for North Korea right now.

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It makes sense, Abe has been steady in the face of the NK threat while also pragmatically strengthening relations with Trump even though he is hated around the world, and has pledged to strengthen missile defenses which is a matter of national survival.

As bad as Abe is, it is deeply dubious whether anyone from the DPJ could get through a crisis like this and TBH I would prefer a hawk like Abe in charge until the NK situation is somewhat calmed down, otherwise we may have some appeasing moron like Moon in SK in charge who appears to want to ally up with NK, China and Russia

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Ah, Japanese politics are so messed up! The PM's approval rating hovers between 30% and 50%, but he manages to stay in his seat? It seems more like fascism than democracy.

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Nothing beats fabricated scare mongering to raise a leaders ratings.

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Linda Sieg

If you are accused of corruption it is not acceptable to downgrade it to "cronyism". What a biased article.

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Abe is thanking the heavens for North Korea right now.

Mind reading again?

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Get stuffed seriously , this just means he will play it up more and keep Japan in panic mode.

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It is true that the North Korea crisis has worked to the benefit of Abe's approval ratings. It's working to the benefit of Trump even more so. This is normal. Right after 911 George Bush hit an unprecedented 80% approval rating. But those commenting how North Korea's actions are "convenient" need to prove just how Abe is able to get Kim Jong Un to act in his favor, an obvious impossibility. And those calling it "scare mongering" are oblivious to all the news covering the global reaction to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development which is a REAL concern.

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His tricky ways again.

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Abe isbthe best prime minister ever. Thats whybhes so popular

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PM Abe's support rating is bound to increase in the coming months as he is expected to take some bold initiatives to provide big relief the Japanese public. His two day India visit starting from September 13 is going to be historic where PM Abe will receive tumultuous welcome everywhere in Gujarat as huge preparations have been made to give spontaneous welcome PM Abe and Mrs Abe . This visit is going to further boost PM Abe's support ratings in Japan.

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dcog9065Sep. 12  05:00 pm JST

As bad as Abe is, it is deeply dubious whether anyone from the DPJ could get through a crisis like this...

What, and Abe can? He hasn't proved himself capable of handling anything.

B.l. SharmaToday  12:58 am JST

PM Abe's support rating is bound to increase in the coming months as he is expected to take some bold initiatives to provide big relief the Japanese public. His two day India...

Whatever Abe does in India is totally irrelevant. The Japanese public don't care about India. Neither, I suspect, does anyone else here.

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@Simon Foston: Um, have you been living under a rock?

Abe has rallied US, UK, and Australian support for further sanctions against NK after each provocation. The latest round of sanctions unanimously approved by the UNSC (including China and Russia) now mark one of the toughest sanctions regimes ever imposed by the UN. That is a marked success for such a no-win situation like NK..

If one of your dovish candidates or the DPJ sweethearts were in power, we would likely end up ceding territory to NK and China to appease them and stop them from nuking us. That is treason

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His ratings improved slightly cabinet reshuffle in early August.

Come again?

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dcog9065Today  10:16 am JST

@Simon Foston: Um, have you been living under a rock?

Abe has rallied US, UK, and Australian support for further sanctions against NK after each provocation.

Big deal. Anyone else would have done the same. It hasn't achieved a whole lot yet either, has it?

If one of your dovish candidates...

My dovish candidates? You know who I support, do you?

...or the DPJ sweethearts were in power, we would likely end up ceding territory to NK and China to appease them and stop them from nuking us. That is treason

That comment about ceding territory is totally divorced from reality. Do you have anything credible to say?

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Hey chickenhawks, your flesh and the flesh of your loved ones will burn just the same as anyone else's. Think on that while your in ecstast at the rise of Nippon Kaigi and Japanese re-militarization.

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Of course only a few 'enlightened' can tell the wheat from the chaff..

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nothing like a bit of scaremongering and nationalist fervor and military posturing to get thoise ratings up. voters really can be gullible.

Yup.

Abe is thanking the heavens for North Korea right now.

Of course. That fat tub of lard in NK is Abe's best campaign manager right now.

What, and Abe can? He hasn't proved himself capable of handling anything.

Exactly. He hasn't done one thing right.

Whatever Abe does in India is totally irrelevant. The Japanese public don't care about India. Neither, I suspect, does anyone else here.

True.

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Nice post gogo! Go Go gogo!

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with you gogo.

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