Approval rate for Japanese PM's cabinet down 8.3%


  • Japan
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Second from left) and Health Minister Katsunobu Kato (left) attending a meeting of the new Covid-19 (coronavirus) infectious disease control headquarters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo. The approval rate for the Cabinet dropped 8.3% compared to the previous poll in January, marking the sharpest decrease in nearly two years, a Kyodo News survey revealed on Sunday (Feb 16). - AFP

TOKYO: The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet dropped 8.3% compared to the previous poll in January, marking the sharpest decrease in nearly two years, a Kyodo News survey revealed on Sunday (Feb 16).

The nationwide opinion poll conducted over the weekend showed that the approval rate stands at 41%.

The poll also showed that 71.4% think it will be unfavourable to Japan if Donald Trump is re-elected as US president in November, while 16.75 expect a favourable impact.

The disapproval rate stood at 46.1%, up 9.4 points, amid criticism of the government's handling of documents related to publicly funded annual cherry blossom viewing parties which indicated cronyism.

In the telephone survey, 84.5% said Abe had failed to provide an adequate explanation concerning the matter.

The Japan Government also announced that the number of people infected with the deadly new coronavirus on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama rose by 70, to 355, the country’s health minister said Sunday, as the United States, Canada and Hong Kong prepared to repatriate their residents stranded on the vessel.

The spike comes as health minister Katsunobu Kato voiced worries that the rising infection count among the nation’s general population could mean the spread of the virus has entered a new phase.

Of the 70 new cases, 38 did not show symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever and coughing, the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry said.

The ministry has so far tested 1,219 people aboard the ship. The ship was carrying more than 3,700 passengers and crew from more than 50 countries and territories when it docked and was placed in isolation. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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