Abe Cabinet Approval Rate Rises to 48 Pct: Jiji Poll


Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet in November rose 4.3 percentage points from the previous month to 48.5 pct, a Jiji Press opinion survey showed Friday.

The disapproval rate fell 3.6 points to 29.4 pct, according to the survey conducted for four days through Monday.

The results came despite recent negative developments related to the Abe administration, including the resignations of two scandal-hit ministers in October and the education ministry's announcement early this month of a decision to postpone the use of private-sector English tests for a new unified university entrance examination system starting in fiscal 2020.

The latest survey was carried out before the government announced Wednesday a decision to cancel next year's prime minister-hosted cherry blossom-viewing party. The state-funded annual event is at the center of cronyism allegations.

Of the Abe cabinet supporters, 23.0 pct said there is no other suitable politician for the post of prime minister, and 13.1 pct cited Abe's leadership skills. Among those disapproving the cabinet, 14.3 pct said they have no expectations for it, and 13.8 pct said Abe is unreliable.

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