July 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Popular support for the current government of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has plummeted by almost 20 percentage points over the past two months, ending below 30 percent for the second time so far this year, an unusually low percentage even for Japan’s traditional disenchantment with its authorities.
The 28 percent approval rating, collected in a survey published this Sunday by the ‘Mainichi Shimbun’ is still not the absolute minimum for the Kishida government — it ended in February of this year with 26 percent — but it reflects that the effect of the popularity achieved in May (45 percent approval) with the G7 summit in Hiroshima, has already ended.
The scandal unleashed by the links between officials of the Japanese Government and the Unification Church have been undermining the popular perception of the Government since the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July 2022 at the hands of a young critic of the religious organization.
The disapproval rate for the government’s work is 65 percent, seven percentage points more than the previous survey (58 percent), according to the telephone poll conducted by the Japanese newspaper this weekend.