JPP: Abe support jumps in wake of G7 summit, Obama’s Hiroshima visit

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

The spring Diet session ended on June 1 with the Abe government enjoying overwhelming support just five weeks before Japan votes for half of the members of the 242-seat House of Councillors (HOC). Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hosting of the G7 summit in Ise-Shima May 26-27, U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, and Abe’s decision to postpone the 2% consumption tax increase scheduled for April 2017 until October 2019 have all contributed to a significant jump in the administration’s support.

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JPP: Abe remains strong ahead of major decisions

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is entering a critical period in the life of his government, with several important decisions and actions coming within the next few months. The good news for him is that opinion polls suggest he is entering this period in a position of strength.

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