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G7, Hiroshima boost cabinet support rate

  • May 31, 2016
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In the opinion poll jointly conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN), the support rate for the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe increased to 50% for the first time in a year. The rate was also up in the opinion polls conducted by other media outlets after the G7 (Ise-Shima) Summit, on account of the series of “diplomatic” events such as the G7 Summit and U.S. President Barack Obama’s Hiroshima visit.


The opinion poll conducted by Kyodo News found that the support rate for the Abe cabinet increased by 7 percentage points from the previous poll to 55.3%. In the joint opinion poll by the Nikkei and TV Tokyo, the approval rate rose by three percentage points to 56%. In the opinion poll conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun, the support rate remained below 50%, although it jumped five percentage points from the preceding poll to 49%.


As the chair of the G7 Summit, Abe led the discussion and issued a declaration stipulating the G7 Summit members will decisively push forward a flexible fiscal stimulus plan. According to the Sankei-FNN opinion poll, of those who responded that they support the Abe cabinet, 82.9% said that they “give high marks” to Abe’s leadership. (Slightly abridged)

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