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Cabinet support and nonsupport remains unchanged at 38% and 44%, respectively, NHK public opinion poll

  • June 11, 2018
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According to the NHK public opinion survey [for the month of June], 38% of pollees support the Abe cabinet, the same as in the poll conducted the previous month. Those saying they do not support the cabinet also remained flat from the previous month at 44%. For the third month in a row, the nonsupport rate exceeded the support rate. 

 

The nationwide survey was conducted by NHK from June 8 over three days on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted men and women aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from 1,218 of the 2,159 people polled. The valid response rate was 56%.

 

When asked why they support the Abe cabinet, 45% of respondents said “because it seems better than other cabinets” while 20% said “because it takes action” and 13% said “because the cabinet is led by the political party I support.”

 

Asked why they do not support the cabinet, 54% said “because the prime minister is untrustworthy,” 20% said “because nothing can be expected of its policy measures,” and 9% said “because it does not take action.” 

 

U.S.-DPRK summit

 

Pollees were asked if they thought the U.S.-DPRK summit to be held on June 12 would be able to reach an agreement on the complete denuclearization of North Korea. Some 9% of respondents said yes and 43% said no while 37% said they “can’t say either way.”

 

Some 18% of all respondents said the summit would lead to progress on the abductions issue while 43% disagreed, and 29% said they “can’t say either way.”

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed the desire to hold a Japan-DPRK summit to resolve the abductions issue. Some 14% of respondents said they “heartily support this” and 52% said they “somewhat support this” while 19% said they “do not support this very much” and 9% said they “do not support this at all.”

 

Falsification of official documents

 

With the falsification of official documents related to [the bargain sale of state land to] Moritomo Gakuen, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso has announced that he will voluntarily return one year of his salary as a cabinet minister and that he intends to continue to perform the duties of Finance Minister. Asked if they are satisfied with Aso‘s action, 4% said they are “very satisfied” and 23% said they are “somewhat satisfied” while 28% said they “are not very satisfied” and 36% said that they are “not satisfied at all.”

 

Special investigators at the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office decided not to indict Nobuhisa Sagawa, former head of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau, and others, saying it is not possible to determine that the changes were substantial enough to constitute a criminal offense. Some 4% said they are “very satisfied” with this decision and 20% said they are “somewhat satisfied” while 32% said they “are not very satisfied” and 34% said that they are “not satisfied at all.”

 

With the release of the results of the investigation into the falsification of official documents, the opposition parties are demanding that Sagawa be summoned once again to give testimony at the Diet. Meanwhile, the ruling parties are taking a cautious stance. Some 43% of pollees said that “he should be summoned again” while 21% said “this is not necessary” and 26% said they “can’t say either way.”

 

Creation of a new veterinary school

 

Claiming it provided incorrect information on an Abe-Kake meeting on the school’s plan to create a veterinary school, Kake Educational Institution has denied the veracity of the Ehime document. The school operator has apologized to Ehime Prefecture and others.

 

Asked if they are satisfied with Kake‘s explanation, 2% of pollees said they are “very satisfied” and 13% said they are “somewhat satisfied” while 34% said they “are not very satisfied” and 39% said that they are “not satisfied at all.”

 

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