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Cabinet support strong in Western Japan

  • December 6, 2017
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported on a trend analysis of public approval of the Abe cabinet, saying that support for Prime Minister Abe is stronger in Western Japan than Eastern Japan. The approval rate is reportedly highest in Abe’s hometown of Yamaguchi at 50%, followed by Toyama (47%), Ishikawa (44%) and Wakayama (44%). Approval is lowest in Okinawa at 28%, followed by Tottori, Nagano, Yamagata, and Iwate. The paper said support for the opposition bloc is relatively strong in Eastern Japan because labor unions have been active there for decades. It also speculated that support for the ruling LDP has been relatively weak in Hokkaido and Tohoku where agriculture is the primary industry on account of the Abe administration’s policy of promoting the TPP.    

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