Abe Cabinet Approval Rate Inches Down to 43 Pct: Jiji Poll
Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)--The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet in July dropped 1.8 percentage points from June to 43.1 pct, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed Friday.
The disapproval rate edged down 0.5 point to 31.0 pct, according to the poll conducted for four days through Monday.
The approval rate was pushed down apparently by concerns spurred by a controversial Financial Services Agency report that an elderly couple living on pensions would need additional life savings of about 20 million yen.
Late in June, Abe's diplomacy drew attention as he chaired the Group of 20 summit in the western city of Osaka. But the support rate did not rise.
Abe has made whether to start discussions on constitutional amendment an issue in the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.
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