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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


The Voice of the Japanese People

 As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the extension of his term as the head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the Abe Cabinet has grown stronger. Now that he has solidified his support, he should not fall victim to hubris.                                                                               According to a survey conducted by the Nikkei Shimbun and TV Tokyo from September 21st to the 23rd, the approval rating of the Abe Cabinet increased from 48% in late August to 55%, the highest since February 2017(56%), whereas its disapproval rating decreased from 42% to 39%. 55% supported the renewal of his term whereas 38% disapproved.                                                                               The Liberal Democratic Party also shows historically high levels of support (48%) whereas the approval rating of the Constitutional Democratic Party, the largest opposition party, was only 6%, a decrease of 4%. Currently, there is no viable opposition to Mr. Abe.                                                                               Regarding policies that the Abe Cabinet should tackle, 49% hoped to strengthen the welfare state, followed by a continuation of economic stimulus (45%), increasing the affordability of education (31%), and improving the foreign policy (30%). Only 13% hoped for the revision of the constitution.                                                                               Prime Minister Abe is planning to submit the constitutional reform bill this fall. However, 68% believed that the bill should be delayed whereas 24% hoped it to be put under consideration as soon as possible.                                                                               On September 12th, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to conclude a peace treaty by the end of 2018, without preconditions. Only 12% supported his proposal whereas 66% believed that the treaty should be concluded only after the territorial issue is completely resolved, and 6% answered that there should never be a treaty with Russia.                                                                               U.S. President Donald Trump is demanding that Japan reduce its trade surplus with the U.S. 66% believed Japan should ignore his demands whereas only 12% answered that Japan should make some concessions.                                                                               Prime Minister Abe had better not forget his failure during his first cabinet from September 2006 to August 2007. At the time he pushed for his policies. The Abe Cabinet should be wary of the fickleness of the average Japanese voters. Haste makes waste.


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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