WORLD Japan's Abe set to reshuffle Cabinet as approval rating drops


Japan's Abe set to reshuffle Cabinet as approval rating drops


22:47, September 10, 2019

TOKYO, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet dropped from last month, while the disapproval rate rose, a nationwide poll showed Tuesday, with the results coming on the eve of a planned Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday.


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According to the survey conducted by Japan's public broadcaster NHK, the approval rating for Abe's Cabinet dropped by one point from last month to stand at 48 percent, while the disapproval rate rose by two points to 33 percent.

Those in support of the Cabinet said that the administration "seems better than other alternatives," although only 20 percent felt it had the ability to put new policies into effect.

As for Abe's trustworthiness, 31 percent of those who were disapproving of the current Cabinet said they did not trust the prime minister.

But Abe plans to revamp his Cabinet and executive lineup Wednesday, and will likely retain the services of his allies holding similar political views in key ministerial and executive positions, sources close to the matter said, so that public opinion on his Cabinet will not change significantly.

While Abe is now almost certain of becoming Japan's longest-serving prime minister in November and thus bolstering his chance of achieving his career-led goal of amending Japan's pacifist Constitution, NHK's poll showed that only five percent of respondents felt that this was an important policy issue that the new Cabinet should tackle.

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