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Abe Cabinet Public Support Rebounds to 36%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet rebounded 6.7 percentage points in August from a month before to 36.6%, after falling below 30% in the previous month, a Jiji Press survey revealed Thursday. The higher approval rating for the Abe cabinet is believed to be partly due to the prime minister's reshuffle of his cabinet and the ruling Liberal…

Abe Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Reverse Slumping Approval

On August 3, 2017, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō reshuffled his cabinet for the third time since being reelected premier in 2014, replacing 13 of 19 incumbent ministers. Kōno Tarō was appointed as minister for foreign affairs and Onodera Itsunori was tapped for minister of defense. Noda Seiko returned to the cabinet, taking on the role of minister of internal affairs and communications.

New Polls Show Support for Abe ErodingTobias Harris

Three new opinion polls show Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s approval declining significantly in the wake of his Liberal Democratic Party’s defeat in Tokyo’s metropolitan assembly elections on July 2. In tracking polls conducted by NHK, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and the Asahi Shimbun, the government’s net approval ratings fell into negative territory for the first time since September 2015. Approval fell t…

Abe Cabinet Support Dives to 29.9%, Disapproval 48.6%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)—The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet plunged 15.2 percentage points in July from the previous month to 29.9%, dropping below 30% for the first time since his current administration was launched in December 2012, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday. The size of the decline was the steepest for the current administration, according to the …

Abe Administration Alarmed by Slumping Approval Ratings (News)

Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō is eager to turn around slumping public support for his cabinet, but there appears little prospect of containing high-profile favoritism allegations against him. Media polls earlier this month showed the Abe cabinet's approval ratings falling below 40%, hitting respective record lows since Abe returned to power in December 2012. Jij…

Defense Chief Inada Draws Fire over SDF Remarks During LDP Campaign (News)

Tokyo, June 28 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Defense Minister Inada Tomomi has come under fire following her controversial reference to the Self-Defense Forces during the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's campaign for the upcoming Tokyo metropolitan assembly election. At a campaign event for an LDP candidate in Itabashi on Tuesday, Inada said, "On behalf of the Defense Ministry, the SDF and the LDP, a…

Abe Aims to Submit LDP’s Constitutional Revision Plan by Year-End (News)

Kobe, June 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed his hope on Saturday that his ruling Liberal Democratic Party will submit its proposal for constitutional amendments to relevant panels of the National Diet within this year. "I hope that the LDP constitutional revision proposal will be presented to the commissions on the Constitution of both chambers of the Diet before the…

Approval Rating for Abe’s Cabinet Falls for Fourth Month (News)

Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)—The approval rating for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet in June fell 1.5 percentage points from the previous month to 45.1%, marking the fourth straight monthly decline, a Jiji Press survey found Friday. On the other hand, the disapproval rating rose 5.0 points to 33.9%, topping 30% for the first time in eight months. Survey respondents are apparently critical…

LDP Lawmaker Ōnishi Apologizes for Cancer Patient Comment (News)

Tokyo, May 22 (Jiji Press)—Ōnishi Hideo, a House of Representatives member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, apologized Monday for a remark he made about cancer patients. Ōnishi admitted that he said cancer patients facing work environments with passive smoke "don't have to work there" at a May 15 meeting of the LDP's health, welfare, and labor division, when measures to regulate passive …

Noda Eager to Run in 2018 LDP Leadership Race (News)

Tokyo, April 29 (Jiji Press)—Noda Seiko, a senior member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has expressed her eagerness to run in a party leadership election in autumn 2018. At an April 25, 2017, interview, Noda Seiko speaks of her intent to run for the LDP presidency in autumn 2018. (© Jiji)  In a recent interview with Jiji Press, Noda, former chair of the party's General Council,…

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