Support for Cabinet tumbles below 60%

Second month of losses laid to doubts about 'Abenomics'


Public support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sagged 2.8 points in June to 57.4 percent — the first time it has dipped below 60 percent since January, just after he took office, a survey says.

The Cabinet’s polling numbers have now dropped for two consecutive months, the Jiji Press survey said.

Its disapproval rate meanwhile shot up 2.4 points from May to 20.0 percent, it said.

The poll was conducted from June 7 to 10 via nationwide interviews with 2,000 adults and drew valid responses from 65.2 percent of them.

The decline in support appears to reflect concern about the flaws of “Abenomics,” a slick-sounding recipe for economic recovery that some experts have dubbed “Asset Bubble Economics.”

Last week’s dive in the benchmark Nikkei stock average marked the reversal of a surge ignited by Abe’s Bank of Japan chief in April, when he began helping the revisionist leader stoke inflation and jawbone the stock market.

Among those backing the Cabinet, the largest chunk, 17.9 percent, credited Abe’s leadership for their backing. Another 17.3 percent said there was nobody else suitable to be a Cabinet leader.

Those who said they trust Abe came to 16.0 percent and 15.0 percent praised his policies.

Among those who disapprove of the Cabinet, 9.6 percent said they had no expectations of it, 6.9 percent said they oppose Abe’s policies, and 6.7 percent said they not trust him.

Support for Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party sank 1.8 points to 27.7 percent, falling for the second consecutive month.

The Democratic Party of Japan, the biggest opposition force, saw its support drop 0.4 point to 3.5 percent, its lowest since being booted from power in the general election in December.

Support for LDP ally New Komeito stood at 2.5 percent.

Food played up in Poland


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted Japanese agricultural products, including rice grown without agricultural chemicals, at a reception in Warsaw on Saturday night.

“We will establish robust agriculture,” Abe said at a reception sponsored by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry.

Abe’s appearance at the event was meant to instill confidence in his goal of doubling farmers’ income by boosting exports, part of his vague economic growth strategy.