Japanese Cabinet’s Popularity Declines to 33% Approval

Japanese Cabinet's Popularity Declines to 33% Approval
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The approval rating for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet in Japan has experienced a continuous decline, dropping for the third consecutive month to 33 percent, as revealed by a recent opinion poll.

Conducted by the national broadcaster NHK, the survey indicated that the approval rate, which decreased by five percentage points from July, has now reached the same low level observed last November and January since Kishida assumed office.

Conversely, the disapproval rate for the present cabinet increased by four points, reaching 45 percent. Among the primary reasons cited for this disapproval were concerns regarding “policy uncertainties,” “insufficient executive authority,” and “doubts about the credibility of individuals.”

The Japanese government has faced scrutiny due to problems with the My Number ID card system, and the bribery scandal involving foreign ministry official Masatoshi Akimoto has also contributed to the decline in the approval rate, as reported by NHK.

Earlier this month, a Jiji Press opinion poll displayed a significant decline in support for Kishida’s cabinet, with a support rate of 26.6 percent recorded in August. This fell below the critical threshold of 30 percent, which is often considered a danger zone for a cabinet’s popularity.