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Japan PM's approval rating rises after Cabinet reshuffle

Japan PM's approval rating rises after Cabinet reshuffle

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recovered sharply after he reshuffled his scandal-tainted Cabinet, a poll showed Tuesday.
Abe announced a new Cabinet on Monday filled with experienced conservatives in an attempt to reverse a slide in popularity following a slew of gaffes and scandals by key ministers.
Forty percent of those polled by Kyodo News agency on Monday and Tuesday said they supported Abe's new Cabinet, up from the 29 percent in a previous survey taken shortly after Abe lost key parliamentary elections on July 29.
Respondents who disapproved fell to 45.5 percent, down 13.5 points from the previous July 30-31 poll, Kyodo said.
Kyodo's nationwide telephone survey polled 1,451 people, receiving valid responses from 1,030 people. The survey provided no margin of error.
Abe's government has been riddled with scandals and missteps. Three of Abe's ministers have been forced to resign, and one committed suicide amid a money scandal.
The July elections for the upper house of parliament came as a further disaster for his government, with the opposition Democratic Party of Japan taking control of the chamber.
But Abe has clung to power because his ruling Liberal Democratic Party controls the more powerful lower house.


Updated : 2021-06-16 16:12 GMT+08:00