Tokyo, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)–More than 70 pct of people in Japan are not satisfied with explanations provided by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about a money scandal over dinner parties held for his supporters, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed.
The poll showed that 75.0 pct of respondents said they were not satisfied with Abe’s explanations, while 6.3 pct said they were convinced.
Of supporters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, 65.5 pct said they were not satisfied with the explanations, while 78.7 pct of supporters of Komeito, the LDP’s coalition partner, said they were not satisfied.
Abe had repeatedly said his side did not make payments to cover the costs of the parties. But public prosecutors last month filed a summary indictment against a secretary to him for failing to include the payments in political funds reports.
After the prosecutors’ action, Abe apologized in parliament for making the false statements. Abe himself escaped indictment.
The Jiji Press poll also showed that 50.7 pct of respondents supported allowing married couples to use different surnames, while 25.5 pct disapproved of the proposal.
The poll, conducted for four days through Monday, covered 1,953 people aged 18 or over in Japan, with 62.0 pct giving valid responses.