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Abe's support slides as top prosecutor's resignation bites

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I hope Japan wakes up and gets rid of him.

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Japan needs a complete overhaul of what is an antiquated system..

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Honest Abe? That's a bitter sweet misnomer. The leader of an administration that has lurched from one corruption scandal to another displayed the fiscal responsibility of a drunken sailer, overseen the decline of both the economy, foreign relations and internal quality of life. People lining up for food, child poverty soaring. He has got a legacy that can only be documented in black and white...there is no colour or joy from his leadership.

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CrickyToday  07:26 am JST

Honest Abe? That's a bitter sweet misnomer. The leader of an administration that has lurched from one corruption scandal to another displayed the fiscal responsibility of a drunken sailer, overseen the decline of both the economy, foreign relations and internal quality of life. People lining up for food, child poverty soaring. He has got a legacy that can only be documented in black and white...there is no colour or joy from his leadership.

I'm sure it's been great for LDP cronies on the take. One can't deny that Abe has been very good to what I suppose he calls his "friends."

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Watch, and mark my words, once people start back to work and IF, and only IF they feel safe and that the economy is going to get better, Abe's numbers will rise, and with it, his authoritarian method of "leading" here!

Otherwise, he is going to sink further and embolden those who want to take him down!

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Yup, agree with Yubaru. Once the pain subsides, everyone will go 'back to normal' and vote in the LDP again. Hey, if we're lucky we might even get Aso back as prime minister. Either way, if the LDP wins again, abe and aso will be in the backrooms pulling the strings anyways. People had better open their eyes and vote for party and not individuals in the elections.

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The economy doesn’t seem to be getting any better in the near future and that drags Abe’s popularity even further down. On the other hand, people are fed up with incompetent and irresponsible opposition parties. Time for populists to fill the gap.

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The LDP has been in power for far too long. Corruption is rife. The ones we are seeing are just those on the surface. The corona crisis has shown Abe to be pathetically incompetent and only supportive of his friends and relatives. Restrictions are being lifted and the masks are due to arrive soon. At ENORMOUS expense. A tremendous mistake of judgement when many people in this country are facing real poverty.

Please, Japanese voters, let's take a really good look at the candidates in the next election and let's choose politicians who represent the majority of the people who put them in office. Not just a select few, like the current mob.

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I sooo agree with all the posts above, but I fear a few months later if corona doesnt flare up again, it will be business as usual and Abe will use Japan,s artificially low patient numbers to portray himself as a leader who handled it all better than most. Makes me shiver but I can see the NHK headlines coming already.

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Time for another stomach ache? hit the road Jack...

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He'll get 70millions retirement money too, the nerve!! LDP can do this, because people will vote for them anyway ...

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Just what we need:Another pointless poll on Abe.Polls in Japan mean nothing in this so-called democratic society.

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Stand by for Prime Minister Yuriko ...

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How to disappoint people. Promise them money and then don't deliver.

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I reckon Abe will be removed by the LDP, or at least go out with egg on his face. Whether there will be any legal repercussions remains to be seen, but I bet if the LDP thought it would be worth it, they'd do it

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He’s been caught red handed in bribery and misappropriating funds, but is allowed to resign with his full politician’s pension and benefits. I’m quite sure the book, The Untouchables was written about Japanese politicians.

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Here is the problem, the "people" dont ever think it's "their" representative in the LDP that is the problem, it's other members. So they continue to vote their LDP rep into office, wash rinse, repeat, for about all the prefectures in Japan,with the exclusion of Okinawa, which has not elected an LDP directly into the Diet in the past 2 elections I believe.

Abe just has to keep his folks happy and he'll be reelected till he dies!

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Japanese people have extremely high loyalty to their own LDP members. Even if they go out and flat out slaughter people they will not lose a single vote. These polls mean nothing, LDP will be winning landslides no matter what they do.

Besides, there’s a big social price to pay for criticizing the government, such sentiment will be short lived as people will want to protect their own wellbeing than to stick the heads out and go against the government.

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I wouldn't hold by breath. He'll come out of this smelling like roses after the stench has dissipated. Then the cycle repeats. Come on, those of us who have lived here long enough know the routine. Next story.

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It'd be nice if we'd seen the last straw and Abe were on his way out, but I have my doubts since he's been here before. On the contrary, this is likely time for him to announce he'll resolve the North Korean abduction issue and go visit the Yokota to pose for a photo opp, and maybe hand them his masks personally.

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Be aware that this survey belongs to the Mainichi Shimbun. And it's not exactly an unbiased newspaper.

To make a more accurate approach. We need to wait for the Kyodo and Nikkei polls to come in. That along with those of Asahi Shimbun. We'll be able to make a more accurate extrapolation. And thus have a more reliable demoscopic situation.

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blahblah222May 24  04:59 pm JST

Japanese people have extremely high loyalty to their own LDP members. Even if they go out and flat out slaughter people they will not lose a single vote. These polls mean nothing, LDP will be winning landslides no matter what they do.

Not quite - a lot of LDP politicians get elected with less than 50% of the vote as they only need pluralities in single-seat constituency elections, not majorities. Furthermore, areas where LDP support is strongest are heavily over-represented in the Diet because the electoral district maps haven't been re-drawn as their populations have shrunk. Moreover a lot of people don't even bother to vote and in some constituencies at least there isn't actually a viable alternative to the LDP candidate so elections are decided by small minorities of diehard LDP supporters. Everyone else is either tolerant of LDP or apathetic about it.

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Public support doesn't matter to Abe. He's just gonna "revise" some law in order to have things his way.

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