April 13, 2024

86.6% in Japan back tougher political funds control laws amid scandal

A Kyodo News survey released Sunday shows that 86.6 percent of respondents back tougher political funds control laws in Japan amid a fundraising scandal embroiling the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

A total of 61.6 percent were also dissatisfied with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s handling of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula in central Japan on New Year’s Day.

The telephone survey, which started on Saturday, put the approval rating for Kishida’s Cabinet at 27.3 percent, up 5 points from an all-time low of 22.3 percent in the previous poll in December but remaining in the 20 percent range for the third consecutive poll.

The disapproval rate, meanwhile, fell 7.9 points to 57.5 percent from the previous survey’s record high. Kishida became prime minister in October 2021.

A total of 80.2 percent of respondents believe LDP factions should be dissolved following revelations multiple members allegedly failed to declare hundreds of millions of yen of fundraising party revenue in political funding reports.

Regarding measures taken by the LDP to prevent such issues from occurring again, 75.1 percent said they have “no expectations,” while 22.4 percent were more optimistic.

On the topic of wage hikes, 85 percent were skeptical they will rise more than prices, while 11.4 percent said they will happen.

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