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Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll

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The Japanese cabinet's public approval rating dropped to 40.2 percent, a new low since its launch last year, the latest Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party struggles to defuse jitters over its controversial links to a religious group and a planned state funeral later in the month for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The rating for the cabinet of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is a sharp drop from over 63 percent shortly after the ruling party's sweeping victory in the upper house election in July and 54.1 percent in the last survey in August.

Its latest disapproval rating in the weekend survey, a record 46.5 percent, exceeded the approval rating for the first time since Kishida took office in October.

A majority of respondents to the latest poll, 60.8 percent, oppose Abe's state funeral set for Sept. 27, while 38.5 percent indicated support.

The funeral, only the second afforded to a Japanese prime minister after postwar leader Shigeru Yoshida in 1967, has been a significant factor in Kishida's sliding poll ratings since mid-July.

While Kishida told a Sept. 8 press conference the funeral is "appropriate" given Abe's achievements as Japan's longest-serving prime minister, 67.2 percent of respondents to the latest poll said his reasoning for granting the honor did not persuade them.

Abe was fatally shot during a July 8 campaign stump speech. The government estimates the costs for preparing the venues, security and welcoming foreign guests at more than 1.6 billion yen ($11 million).

Asked whether the cost is appropriate, 72.5 percent of the respondents said the government is spending too much for the funeral.

Public distrust of the LDP has also been fueled by reports of links to the Unification Church that have come to the fore since the shooting of Abe, whose assailant reportedly held a grudge against him for alleged ties to the group.

In an attempt to manage the fallout, the LDP launched a survey of its lawmakers' links to the religious group, which revealed on Sept. 8 that 179 of its lawmakers -- around half -- had some dealings with the church.

Kishida said on Aug. 31 that his party would require its lawmakers to cut ties with the church, now formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.

However, some 80.1 percent of respondents also said the party's response to links with the church was insufficient, and 77.6 percent said they do not think the LDP will be able to sever its connections to it.

The church has drawn attention over problematic practices such as so-called spiritual sales, in which people are talked into buying jars and other items for exorbitant prices. Abe's assailant had told investigators his mother's large donations had financially ruined their family.

On other issues, 70.5 percent of those surveyed expressed disapproval of the government's response to rising prices, compared to 24.2 percent who approved.

Consumer prices have risen above the Bank of Japan's 2 percent target since April, and data from the central bank on Tuesday showed wholesale prices up 9.0 percent in August compared to a year earlier.

The survey called 506 randomly selected households with eligible voters on landline phones and 1,977 mobile phone numbers. It yielded responses from 426 people from households and 623 mobile phone users.

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Cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll

Just another few point it will go below 40%.

What's wrong, people don't like New Capitalism, weak yen or controversial funeral?

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/09/16/national/shinzo-abe-state-funeral-opposition-explainer/

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However, some 80.1 percent of respondents also said the party's response to links with the church was insufficient, and 77.6 percent said they do not think the LDP will be able to sever its connections to it.

In the beginning of the article it is described that the public is experiencing "jitters" over the revelations of the ties between the LDP and church but these numbers look more like widespread and justly deserved distrust.

What could be expected when as usual Kishida leaves it up to the honor system for his politicos to police their own corruption.

And does nothing to curb the deceptive practices of the church.

Maybe Kishida can use the excuse of the Abe assassination and Unification Church controversy for the lack of any benefit to the public of his grand plan for a "New Capitalism".

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That is right! Where is Kishida's "New Capitalisim"?

It is so new, that it hasn't arrived, yet?

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Looks like Kishida's days are numbered. He's not actually going to do anything about any of these problems, and the more ineffectual he appears the more the support rate is going to drop. All the other third generation non-entities are probably lining up already to take his place.

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BigPToday  07:18 am JST

That is right! Where is Kishida's "New Capitalisim"? 

It is so new, that it hasn't arrived, yet?

it rests in the exact same spot as Abe's three arrows touched down....

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It is probably lower! The Japanese government likes to fudge numbers. It is a characteristic of Abe's party!

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I am surprised it's at 40%. I will bet it is, in reality, much lower, as only a little over 1,000 people actually answered the survey.

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Poll numbers dropped? Could it be because he is one of the worst Prime Minsters every to roam the face of the Earth?

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Does any Japanese politician have more than 40%?

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Spoiler Alert : They stay in power, regardless.

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Time for a change of front man but the LDP which is the real problem will remain...

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There are things Kishida "should have done" or "could have done" to boost the approval rating. Now it seems too late.

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Old news, according to some other survey it is already 29%

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40% or about half the support that Putin gets.

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numbers are still high and overrated for guy who does nothing and its completely resultless one.

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I think he'll cling on to power for a little while longer as there is no national election in the near future. But come election year, if he doesn't pull those numbers up, he'll be disposed off like Suga and replaced by another figurehead and the people will buy it. Yawn...

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Kishida San get the moonies or you and you cronies in the LDP to cough up for Abe's funeral and this may improve....

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As soon as i saw 40% i knew it must be a farce !

Someone please conduct a real survey .

These guys need a lie detector

Who's doing the research ?

The unification church affiliate?

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It's so new it hasn't arrived yet

They took the new form of capitalism for a spin but unfortunately it spun clockwise and buried itself

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Nothing to worry about here folks.

there isn’t an election for a while. Once that comes around he will step down, replace the glorious LDP leader. then win an outstanding election, then become unpopular again. Rinse and repeat and you’ll be in power forever. Of course it might help if the stupid opposition could actually have one or two united parties instead of “oooh it’s Myyyyy party” and I’ll cry if I want to. Absolutely no point being in opposition I’d you can’t win anything for the people.

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He go NY during this storm,his government will sink like a stone

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Just wait until next month, when a new fiscal year begins and...everyone in Japan hikes prices bigly!

From Reuters: "Nearly 80% of Japan's listed food companies have either raised prices this year or plan to do so, four times the ratio of last year, according to a survey by private research firm Teikoku Databank.

"These rises affect more than 20,000 food items, which will go up by an average of 14%. One-third of the increase is scheduled to take effect in October, a sign that inflationary pressure could intensify later this year."

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Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll

Depends who you ask. There is a little something for everybody to call his own.

Kyodo's job is to placard the J-gov: 40.2%

Same job being done by the NHK with (a week ago): 40%

https://www.nhk.or.jp/senkyo/shijiritsu/

Nikkei Shimbun (conservative / finance) even shows a very optimistic: 43%

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOUA1636O0W2A910C2000000/

Asahi (opposition) TV shows a much less optimistic: 36.3%

https://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_politics/articles/000268846.html

Interestingly enough Jiji's job is pretty much to the same as Kyodo and the NHK (i.e. to placard the J-gov)...but their poll shows a very sad: 32.3%

https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2022091500727&g=pol&p=20220915ax08S&rel=pv

Mainichi (opposition) Shimbun's poll shows an abyssmal: 29%

https://mainichi.jp/graphs/20220918/mpj/00m/010/050000f/1?inb=ys

Everybody agrees on one thing: Kishida's approval ratings crashed through the floor and are still travelling southwards now heading for the South Pole.

Reasons are simple:

.Kishida's "New/Social capitalism" has gone AWOL pretty much since the very beginning. After having been kept waiting 8 years by Abe to deliver on his "Abenomics" nonsense, they will keep any new empty suit (incl. Kishida) who runs the show on a much tighter and shorter leash and want results much quicker.

.As much as the plebs didn't care about the Tokyo Olympics which got shoved down their throats, they do neither care about the Sapporo Olympics or this joke-amorial which are currently being shoved down their throats and for which they have to foot the bill. Some news outlet speculate that Kishida may want to pull an "Abe" on the voters and force down a snap election down their throats. This would not be popular at all...

.Despite the moral bankruptcy and corruption in J-politics did the Moonie-scandal manage to shock even the most hardened and cynical J-voter.

What can Kishida or the LDP do? Not much.

Currently all "big" names in J-politics are has-been PMs and Ministers who already all crashed and burned while showing blatant incompetence, a flair for corruption or have zero achievements to show. None of them, except maybe Kono has any public support of sorts.

The second problem is that the LDP has nothing to offer that it did not already offered but did deliver on: a "beautiful country" (2007) under Abe...who got booted out of office, "Abenomics" (2012) under Abe...who got booted out of office, "Tokyo Olympics" (2021) under Suga...who got booted out of office, "Social capitalism" (2020) under Kishida who is currently in freefall.

The public has lost what was left of trust and patience. They want a plan that concerns them, their jobs, their salaries, their kids, their health and retirements, their income and their living expenses and not some wonkey PR-scheme like Tokyo/Sapporo/Iwo Jima Olympics, no plan to honor His Shadiness, no なんちゃってagencies like the Children or Digital agencies, some super-duper fast Linia train or Harry-Potter-like magical My Number cardathingy.

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How man more useless "leaders" does the LDP have, lined up to be the next PM?

It seems like they are just churning out endless amounts of incompetent fools.

Is there not ONE decent person to lead anything, correctly?

Just wipe the slate clean and hire 150 new recruits.

They can't possibly do any worse.

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Who cares, this is a one party authoritarian state, whose economy is nosediving. I maybe biased because I can’t vote, but at least I have the right to pay taxes!

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blueToday  11:04 am JST

The public has lost what was left of trust and patience. They want a plan that concerns them, their jobs, their salaries, their kids, their health and retirements, their income and their living expenses

I imagine something like that would seriously ruffle the feathers of important LDP backers with other agendas.

 and not some wonkey PR-scheme like Tokyo/Sapporo/Iwo Jima Olympics, no plan to honor His Shadiness, no なんちゃってagencies like the Children or Digital agencies, some super-duper fast Linia train or Harry-Potter-like magical My Number cardathingy.

It's much easier for politicians with limited intellects like your average 10th generation LDP hack to come up with gimmicks than real solutions to actual problems.

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There hasnt been a worthwhile PM since Koizumi and then Obuchi before him. The rest are just taking their turns sitting in the chair, and letting all the old-farts behind the scenes run everything!

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shogun36Today  12:35 pm JST

How man more useless "leaders" does the LDP have, lined up to be the next PM?

It seems like they are just churning out endless amounts of incompetent fools.

This is the problem with a deeply entrenched hereditary oligarchy that doesn't face any serious challenges to its position, e.g. an opposition party like Labour in the UK or the Republicans in the USA (maybe not totally great examples).

Is there not ONE decent person to lead anything, correctly?

No.

Just wipe the slate clean and hire 150 new recruits.

They can't possibly do any worse.

That will never happen. The LDP could purge a lot of its most useless members but they would just take their support networks, connections, donors, voters and cash with them and get re-elected as independents.

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How saddening to watch Japanese people become poorer and poorer-who would have thought that this would happen?

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Simon Foston:

Looks like Kishida's days are numbered. 

Probablly not.

REASON 1. The next election is Oct 31 2025! A long way to go. People will not remember anything about the state funeral for Abe or Unification Church.

REASON 2. Many Japanese people may be disapointed by the party they support but not to the extent of switching a party affiliation.

Here is the result of the most recent polls that asked "Which Party Do You Support?":

LDP: 36.2%

CDPJ: 4.8%

Renovation: 5.1%

All other parties: less than 3%

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socrateosToday  01:52 pm JST

Simon Foston:

"Looks like Kishida's days are numbered." 

Probablly not.

REASON 1. The next election is Oct 31 2025! A long way to go. People will not remember anything about the state funeral for Abe or Unification Church.

They will remember that he hasn't done anything at all about rising prices or any of their other problems.

REASON 2. Many Japanese people may be disapointed by the party they support but not to the extent of switching a party affiliation.

Here is the result of the most recent polls that asked "Which Party Do You Support?":

LDP: 36.2%

CDPJ: 4.8%

Renovation: 5.1%

All other parties: less than 3%

The other parties were just as weak when the LDP got rid of Abe and then Suga.

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If I speak with Japanese people and taxidriver is not the connection to the Unification Church a problem. The problem is that the government don't care enough about the problems of Japan and it's people. The people don't want to hear anymore about this Chruch thing. This is just takt the eyes of the real problems. Many Organisationen and NGOs want influence the government not just a religion what want to see its values in the government. This is normal.

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Maybe, some of the cabinet members don't have the best interests of the Japanese people in mind.

Maybe, they've got the best interests of "others" in mind and actually look forward to the downfall of Japan.

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Socrateos

How could the Japanese people ever forget Abe or the unification church and the funerals

Its a magnanimous can of worms !

Besides the other funerals haven't even happened yet

Glad i don't live in Tokyo as i wouldn't want to be anywhere near the event

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Simon Foston:

They will remember that he hasn't done anything at all about rising prices or any of their other problems.

Actually price control - that's something Japan is doing better than others.

Here is a comparison between USA (vs Japan) for inflation rate this year.

Jan 7.5(0.5)

Feb 7.9(0.9)

Mar 8.5(1.2)

Apr 8.3(2.5)

May 8.6(2.5)

Jun 9.1(2.4)

Jul 8.5(2.6)

Besides, I doubt Japanese people expect much from goverment. They never do.

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socrateosToday  03:52 pm JST

Simon Foston:

"They will remember that he hasn't done anything at all about rising prices or any of their other problems."

Actually price control - that's something Japan is doing better than others.

According to the article the public aren't giving the government much credit for it.

Here is a comparison between USA (vs Japan) for inflation rate this year.

I doubt many people care very much if it's worse in other countries.

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Simon Foston:

According to the article the public aren't giving the government much credit for it.

Japanese people do not expect much from their government - they never did and they will never do it. Japan is not a socialist country.

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Yoon in Korea is around 28%.

40% in a democratic country is actually not bad. Considering the Korean Unification Church disaster on Japanese land. Economic stagnation since the Plaza Accord. Assassination of former PM Abe. 2 years of Covid. 40% is good considering everything that happened.

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socrateosToday  01:22 am JST

Japan is not a socialist country.

It is for people who help the LDP win elections.

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  02:35 am JST

40% in a democratic country is actually not bad. 

In a democratic country which is supposed to have majority rule, anything less than 50% is bad.

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The only thing Abe successfully accomplished was showing how deeply connected the ruling party is to the Unification church.

Abenomics did nothing except leave us with Kuroda and his bubble era ways of thinking.

Buttering up Trump really did nothing.

Territorial issues, kidnappings, etc…all a big pile of nothing really.

So taxpayers should fund some funeral for a guy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth?

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Simon Foston

It is for people who help the LDP win elections.

Which is majority.

Let me remind you once again the most recent polls that show party affiliations in Japan, even in the midst of crticism of Kishida cabinet:

DP: 36.2%

CDPJ: 4.8%

Renovation: 5.1%

All other parties: less than 3%

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socrateosToday  09:29 am JST

Simon Foston

It is for people who help the LDP win elections.

Which is majority.

No, it really isn't. Voter turnout in the 2021 lower house election was about 55% and the LDP didn't get a majority of the votes. It appears that only about a quarter of the electorate vote for the LDP. Not a majority at all.

Let me remind you once again the most recent polls that show party affiliations in Japan, even in the midst of crticism of Kishida cabinet:

DP: 36.2%

CDPJ: 4.8%

Renovation: 5.1%

All other parties: less than 3%

That poll may be skewed to favour the LDP and it still doesn't make them good. 36.2% is pitiful. Any semi-competent opposition would obliterate them.

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