Japan Cabinet Approval Rating Falls to 50% in Kyodo Poll
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga saw his cabinet’s approval rating fall more than 12 percentage points from the previous month as his government struggled to handle another wave of coronavirus infections, according to a Kyodo poll.
Support for Suga’s cabinet fell to 50.3% from 63% the previous month, according to the survey conducted between Dec. 5 and 6 and published on Sunday. The disapproval rating rose 13.6 points to 32.8%, according to Kyodo.
About 56% of respondents said the government’s handling of the coronavirus is unfavorable, with almost half saying the “Go To Travel” subsidy campaign should be suspended, it said.
Japan is facing another wave of coronavirus cases as it heads into winter, with the number of serious infections rising in cities such as Tokyo. While the government hasn’t halted the GoTo campaign on a national scale, Suga has asked those who are 65 years or older, and those with underlying conditions to refrain from participating.
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