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New Japan PM Kishida off to rocky start in polling By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO Fumio Kirishida is Japan’s prime Minister, speaking during a press conference held at Tokyo’s official residence, Tokyo on October 4, 2021. Toru Hanai/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO, Reuters – Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kirishida is still struggling with his voters two days after he was elected and set up his new government. Multiple polls conducted by local media on Tuesday showed that he had lost support from his electorate.

The daily Asahi rated Kishida at 45%, while Mainichi ranked it at 49%. Yomiuri was more conservative and said 56% support his government. The other group had 59%.

According to all polls, the support for Kishida’s new government was lower that his predecessor Yoshihide Sauga’s when it took power last year.

While Kishida’s ratings may be low in a new administration, they still exceed the ratings of Suga. Suga became very unpopular as he tried to control a fifth wave coronavirus infection, which was exacerbated by Delta.

Kishida stated that he would disband the lower chamber of parliament on October 14, while a general election was scheduled for Oct. 31,

Premier Shinzo Abe unveiled Monday his cabinet. The new cabinet included more than half of the ministries, but it also had former premier Shinzo Abe’s allies Taro Aso, which reflects their continued influence.

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