JPP: Cabinet approval continues to soften in latest polls

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Two recent polls show that the Japanese cabinet’s approval is once again in what can be described as a “softening” cycle. New polls by the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun both showed headline approval falling. In the case of Yomiuri, the fall was slight, 52% to 49%. Mainichi recorded a sharper fall: the cabinet’s approval fell nine points to 42% and its disapproval rose eight points to 38%.

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JPP: Voters not yet convinced by opposition party maneuvers, DPJ-JIP merger

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Several polls have found that voters expect little from the DPJ-JIP merger, suggesting that the re-launch of the DPJ under a new name—which may be only slightly different from the old name—will not result in a burst of enthusiasm for the party ahead of the July elections.

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The Difficult Role of the Top Opposition Party: The Democratic Party of Japan

Author: Machidori Satoshi

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

The Democratic Party of Japan, which governed from 2009 to 2012, failed in its quixotic attempt to block the government’s national security legislation by joining forces with protesters outside the Diet. The DPJ must return to a textbook approach to its role as the top opposition party if it hopes to regain power.

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