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. Jiji Press is due to release the results of its latest public opinion poll on Friday.
"It's a terrible situation," a senior official at the prime minister's office said.
Another high-ranking government official said, "Now is the worst time, but the atmosphere will change after a cabinet reshuffle."
During a visit to Stockholm on Sunday, Abe revealed plans to shake up the cabinet and the executive team of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party early next month. By announcing a reshuffle around a month ahead, he is believed to be aiming to keep LDP members from breaking ranks to the detriment of his leadership.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]