Intellasia East Asia News – Support for Japanese PM plummets as anger over state funeral grows

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has fallen to its lowest level since taking office, hit by growing anger over the state funeral of slain former leader Shinzo Abe and his ruling party’s ties to a church controversial, an opinion poll has revealed. Support for Kishida fell to 32.3% from 42.3% a month earlier, according to the Jiji news agency survey conducted over the weekend, approaching what is widely seen as a “danger level”. by 30%, which means that a government could find it difficult to carry out its mission. political agenda.

Those who did not support his government jumped to 40 percent, up 11.5 points, Jiji added.

Ties to the Unification Church, founded in South Korea in the 1950s, have become a growing headache for Kishida since July 8, when Kishida was killed by a suspect who blamed him for supporting the church, which he claimed had bankrupted his mother.

Revelations after Abe’s assassination of links between the ruling party and the church, which has been the subject of criticism over the years, have fueled anger over the cost of the September 27 funeral, paid for only by public funds, and how Kishida decided to organize them.

Kishida defended his decision in parliament last week, the same day his ruling party announced the results of its survey into the party’s ties to the church, but the poll found 62.7% of those polled no did not approve of his handling of the church affair, while 51.9 percent were against a state funeral.

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