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Japanese Cabinet's approval rating stays near 60%

Publication Date : 18-03-2014


The approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet was 59 per cent in a recent Yomiuri Shimbun poll, mostly unchanged from the 60 per cent approval seen in the previous survey held last month.

The Cabinet’s disapproval rating was 31 per cent in the latest survey, which was conducted from Friday to Sunday, the same as in the previous survey held from February 14 to 16.

Asked whether they support proposals to reform the board of education system as agreed between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner New Komeito, 59 per cent of respondents said they supported the measures, which include strengthening the authority of prefectural governors and municipal mayors on education.

This was much higher than the 26 per cent who opposed the planned reforms.

Regarding the lack of summit meetings between Japan and China, and between Japan and South Korea, 56 per cent said that as long as the countries continue to insist on conditions unacceptable to Japan, there is no choice but to abstain from the meetings. Japan has had no summit meetings with China or South Korea since the launch of the Abe administration.

Thirty-nine per cent said Japan should consider compromising on its views of history and other issues so summit meetings could be held as soon as possible.

Regarding government moves to reexamine how the Kono statement regarding so-called comfort women during World War II was compiled, 50 per cent supported the government’s position and 30 per cent opposed it. The statement was released in 1993 by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono.

Forty percent of respondents said they support the LDP, while 4 per cent each expressed support for the Democratic Party of Japan, New Komeito and the Japanese Communist Party.


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