Abe’s comeback and the outlook for a general election

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Given Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current status — recovering approval ratings, high marks for his handling of a serious foreign policy crisis, with an established opposition party in seemingly terminal decline, and a new opposition party scrambling to prepare for an election — the political logic of a snap election is indisputable. This analysis takes an in-depth look at public opinion polls on Abe and what they reveal about the coming election.

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After cabinet reshuffle, public remains dissatisfied with Prime Minister Abe

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse, Sasakawa USA Blog

The clock is ticking on Abe’s tenure as prime minister, writes Tobias Harris, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Trade, Economy, and Business, in this August 8 Japan Political Pulse update. While an August 3 cabinet reshuffle has increased approval ratings to an extent, public dissatisfaction with Abe remains.

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The meaning of Abe’s polling slump

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse, Sasakawa USA Blog

A slump in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approval rating is driven by a growing scandal regarding the involvement of senior Abe administration officials in the licensing of a veterinary school to be operated by educational institution Kake Gakuen, and the ruling coalition’s decision to suspend ordinary legislative procedures to pass a controversial anti-conspiracy bill.

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