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Abe's support ratings rise above 60%

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Before you believe this poll, let it be known that the LDP pretty much has the Yomiuri in its right pocket.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

The j-people are obviously satisfied with his politics, including his nationalistic behavior. one can't only criticize him now, as he has tens of millions supporting him... this it's the real face of Japan, besides the kind and gentle makeup.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

The results of an independent poll might better reflect the opinions of citizens than this partisan rag's dubious claim.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

I would like to see the questions themselves. The answer "No" to a question like "Do you think DPJ is strong enough to lead the country" does not say anything about the support or its lack.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

We'll see what happens to the figures once the consumption tax goes up while wages stay frozen.

15 ( +17 / -2 )

I've noticed that the "Japan news" English paper, operated by the Daily Yomiuri, tends to be more pro government, while the Japan Times is more unbiased. If the latter conducted the survey, I'd take it more seriously

1 ( +6 / -5 )

While the above comments about Yomiuri being blatantly pro LDP are spot on I also think the lift in the poll results is directly linked with the stockmarket performance last month. The NIkkei went gangbusters in December and finished the year on a high and with media daily focus on it a lot of people ( especially the oldies with stock investments = Yomiuri readers ) were feeling very positive about Japan and the economy in particular. If the NIkkei drops in the New Year expect a corresponding drop in Abe`s support ratings. Its all bout the money...as always.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

@zybster, maybe you mean LDP. Maybe about the money too. As for me, it's his unswayed visit to give respect to the war patriots. With all the natural disasters and outside intimidation, it is but urgent to awaken the nationalistic values of Japan which some young and old alike people are taking for granted. I still admire his actions. Less ODA,less scholarships from overseas, strict visa issuance to filter fake marriages, fake Jdescendants , and other human smuggling. These things are a financial burden and one of the reasons taxes are increased. But at the end we face the fact that we need a stable governance and higher taxes is just inevitable.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Who was actually polled? The business cronies he`s flying around the world with at the moment.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

trinklet

less scholarships from overseas

Only an uneducated person would make such a statement. After I benefited as a student from a 80000 Yen/month scholarship, due to my salary probably being higher than yours I paid way more taxes to this country than you probably did. I paid my scholarship back to Japan more than 100 times over. Where is the financial burden my existence here caused?

Go read a book.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Abe San, please continue to stand up to the Chinese and Koreans. Japan must stand up for freedom of speech and democracy in this part of the world where it is so lacking. Japan must be prepared to defend itself and not depend on the USA. The latter has a history of protecting its self interests first which has of late shifted to China. Just see who's buying all the treasury paper and spending millions buying interests in Washington?

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

We all know that it is a secret that no poll was in fact conducted but should it have been done, that Abe's rating has fallen to the floor. The whole government is living in Abe's lies and has to continually cook up new ones to support the ones dished out earlier.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Funzo is indeed popular as far asi can tell from a straw poll of my Japanese colleagues and frends. they seem to like his take no s++t from China and Korea stance as well as the noises he is making about the economy.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Once the consumption tax hike begins to bite in April, it will be a different story

7 ( +9 / -2 )

It's amusing watching the naysayers grasping at straws to try to discredit this poll. Face the facts: Abe is beloved because he is successfully turning Japan around.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

It's amusing watching the naysayers grasping at straws to try to discredit this poll. Face the facts: Abe is beloved because he is successfully turning Japan around.

I think it would be less of a stretch of the imagination to say that he's getting the benefit of the doubt until he totally messes everything up.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

The question is: what's the alternative to Abe and the LDP in Japanese politics? Minshuto had their chance handed to them on a silver platter and they blew it big time! They'll not get such an opportunity again, and they're weaker than ever now. What about the Japan Amnesia...er...Restoration Party? No. As for the smaller parties: "No Nukes" is not a cogent campaign strategy to national power.

Like it or not, all the other parties presently maintain single-digit support numbers in the polls I've seen. The only person who possibly could topple Abe now (other than Abe himself) is Junichiro Koizumi, but he's not about to come out of retirement just yet. So, the Japanese electorate get to reap what they have sown for the foreseeable future.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I agree with everyone pointing out how it's the elderly that are biasing this poll. They're the ones with the money in the stock market, and even if they're living off pensions, those are indexed to inflation, so Abe's policies won't hurt them anywhere near like they'll hurt younger workers whose meager savings are in rapidly-devaluing cash and who have to fight tooth and nail for salary raises to match increasing price levels and tax rates. (Or, more likely, submit to a slightly lower standard of living with resignation and a gritted-teeth "shoganai".)

It will take several years for all the bad repercussions of devaluing his own currency to play out. And by then, he'll be long out of office and, like Ford and Carter battling hideous inflation rates that were caused not by them but were set into motion back during the LBJ and Nixon administrations, by then it'll be Somebody Else's Problem. Abe knows this well. Unfortunately for the populace, who will still be here when the bill comes due.

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Paulmqs: Abe San, please continue to stand up to the Chinese and Koreans. Japan must stand up for freedom of speech and democracy in this part of the world where it is so lacking.

Abe san's "State Secrets Law" completely destroyed any chance that Japan might have true freedom of speech or democracy. And it did it without any Chinese or Korean influence!

6 ( +7 / -1 )

This is how fascism starts.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

I wouldn't do my budgie the insult of carpeting his cage with the Yomiuri. I think I'll take these figures with a pinch of salt.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Abe should be priced highly for being able to nicely handle regional tensions with China and S.Korea so his ratings should be more then 60%.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

It's good to see stability in Japanese politics. I was tired of seeing a new prime minster every year. I'm glad the Japanese have someone to support

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Abe is doing a good job so far and Japan really needed someone like him to step up to the plate.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

After the recent anti-Japan outbursts by Chinese diplomats in Britain and Africa, Abe's popularity increased. I wouldn't need a poll to tell me that.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

China, N Korea, and S Korea are making Abe popular. I often wonder, these three cxountries are trying to promote Japan militarization. They might be behind of Article 9 revision movement.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Abe is like a magician, keeping his domestic audience (the Japanese) entranced with his left hand and his economic policies, while not watching his right hand, tinkering with the constitution at the behest of his US masters

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