Kishida Cabinet approval rating falls to lowest since launch

An NHK opinion poll shows that the approval rating for Prime Minister Kishida Fumio's Cabinet has fallen to 40 percent, the lowest since its launch in October.

NHK conducted the telephone survey on 2,392 randomly chosen citizens aged 18 or older from Friday through Sunday. More than 1,250 people responded.

The support rate fell by 6 points from the previous survey conducted last month. The disapproval rating rose 12 points to 40 percent.

Among the respondents who support the Cabinet, 42 percent said it seems better than other lineups, 25 percent said it consists of political parties they support, and another 17 percent said they trust Kishida.

Of those who don't support the Cabinet, 36 percent said they don't expect much from its policies, 29 percent said it lacks the ability to implement policies, and 12 percent said it does not consist of political parties they support.

Regarding the state funeral planned on September 27 for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who was fatally shot in July, 32 percent said they approve, while 57 percent said they don't.

Asked whether the government has fully explained the decision to hold the state funeral, 15 percent said yes, while 72 percent said no.

The suspect in Abe's shooting has reportedly said he believed that Abe was close to the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, a religious group formerly known as the Unification Church. He blames the group for bankrupting his family.

Since the incident, relations between the church and the political world have been in the spotlight.

The main ruling LDP decided to sever all ties with the group and its affiliates, and carried out an in-house survey of its lawmakers' individual relationships with the group.

When asked if the LDP has done enough, 22 percent responded positively, while 65 percent said the response was insufficient.