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Poll finds Japanese people extremely distrustful of government over pandemic

  • May 13, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Asahi reported on the results of a multinational opinion survey taken by an international business consultancy that revealed Japanese people’s deep distrust in their government over the coronavirus outbreak. Some 58% of Japanese respondents said that their confidence in the government had declined in the past two weeks while 6% felt otherwise. According to the pollster, the 52-point gap between the two figures represented the public’s distrust in government responses to the new pathogen. The corresponding figures for the U.S. and the UK were 12 points and 3 points, respectively. However, German and Swedish respondents reportedly displayed the opposite trend, with more people in the two European countries saying they trusted their governments more than before. The pollster reportedly attributed the Japanese people’s strong distrust in their government to Prime Minister Abe’s apparent failure to exercise leadership in presenting an exit strategy

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