Abe Administration Alarmed by Slumping Approval Ratings (News)
[2017.07.12] Read in: 日本語 |

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.]

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