Nikkei and Yomiuri each released the results of their latest public opinion polls that pointed to a rather cool response among local people to Prime Minister Abe’s latest cabinet reshuffle. Nikkei put support for the Abe administration at 50%, down 5 points from a month ago, and nonsupport at 42%, up 3 points. Only 28% approved of the new cabinet lineup, while 44% did not. Yomiuri’s survey showed that 38% approved of the new cabinet, whereas 45% said otherwise. The daily speculated that the public were not pleased with the reappointment of Finance Minister Aso, who has triggered controversies repeatedly by making inappropriate remarks.
Meanwhile, according to the Nikkei poll, some 45% approved of the recent agreement between President Trump and PM Abe to start “TAG” trade talks, while 36% did not. The corresponding figures in the Yomiuri survey were 60% and 26%, respectively.