Regional revitalization minister Satsuki Katayama, the only female Cabinet member, is the minister most widely seen as being unfit for the post, a Jiji Press survey showed.
Katayama was chosen by 43.7 percent of respondents, who were asked which members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet are unqualified for their roles, with multiple answers allowed.
Since taking office in Abe’s Cabinet reshuffle in October, Katayama has repeatedly corrected her political funding reports.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso landed in second place, at 30.1 percent. He was grilled by opposition lawmakers in the Diet earlier this year over his ministry’s tampering of documents.
Yoshitaka Sakurada, minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, came third at 29.4 percent. Sakurada, who doubles as minister for cybersecurity, attracted media attention for saying that he doesn’t use computers.
Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita, who oversees the amended immigration control law to accept more foreign workers, placed fourth at 6.8 percent.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga came in fifth place (6.1 percent), followed by Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs (3.6 percent). Land minister Keiichi Ishii and fiscal policy minister Toshimitsu Motegi were both chosen by 3.5 percent of respondents.
The interview-based survey, conducted between Dec. 7 and Monday, covered 2,000 people aged 18 or over nationwide. It received valid answers from 60.7 percent of those polled.
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