Rozen Aso’s Approval Rating Drops Below 20%


Prime minister Rozen Aso‘s cabinet approval rating has recently fallen to a new low of 19.7%.

The decline is thought to be connected at least in part to an ineffective 2 trillion yen cash back maneuver designed to revive Japan’s economy. The plan itself was considered unfavorably by over 75% of voters, though of course only 4% actually refused to accept the money.

The LDP itself suffered as well, with an approval rating drop down to 26.8%, being eclipsed by its greatest contender the DPJ for the first time since December of last year.

Aso’s dispatch of Japanese naval vessels on anti-piracy missions to Somalia, and his reforms of the notorious “amakudari” practice (where civil servants retire into jobs with companies connected with their ministries) did however find strong support amongst the electorate.

It should of course be noted that approval ratings to not always correlate well with actual election outcomes; additionally, Japanese politicians tend not to be populist icons as elsewhere, instead tending towards being dour technocr…

Via Yomiuri.

Given the prime minister’s carefully cultivated reputation as a manga fan, as well as the size of the associated market, perhaps it is time to put his plan of summoning more followers into action?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aso is one of the most offensive PM Japan has ever had, I wonder who on this earth he has not tried to offend yet... there is nothing "bold" about a stimulus, it's a no-brainer, it's as short-term as an election cycle... if it doesn't work (usually) of course the decision maker should cop the blame, why should we forgive people who made decisions without thinking? Anyone who has paid attention to Japan's economy since the late 80's should know the deficiency of the no-brainer Keynesianism.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    14:23 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess it's to be expected...
    Bold moves usually ends up in less popularity.

    This last economy package from Obama is a good example.
    It's risky, deals with lots of money, and even though lots of people admits that something had to be done to make the country recover from the crisis, people will be always against such bold moves.

    Even if in the end it proves worth it.

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    04:48 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what is this picture from???....what anime?

    Comment by Junkujanai
    04:32 11/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love that picture. Suigintou reaching for yakult >:)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's from Rozen Maiden. Hence.. Rozen Aso.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, everyone has different view on how a leader should be doing especially when the economy turn bad. But to get to such a low approval rating, either he has really failed in his job to save the economy or the japanese themselves might have better ways of dealing with the economy crisis. Sometimes, things are bad enough and it just keep getting worst.

    Comment by Citrus
    13:22 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is tough to hear. As far as Aso goes, I really like the guy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've been lol'ing at Japanese prime ministers ever since Koizumi got out of office.

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    Comment by Palmtop Tiger
    10:52 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh, is this Sankaku Complex?

    Srsly, why go to Somolia to fight piracy when they go to China?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 19/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there are argh type of pirates... and there are "those" kind of pirates...

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    Comment by muteKi
    10:56 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not THOSE pirates, silly.

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    Comment by NitWit005
    11:07 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    His popularity would probably surge if he sent a few destroyers to shell illegal DVD distributors in China.

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    Comment by KajunBowser
    10:52 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    DAMN!!!! WTF is wrong with Japan. From what I've seen, Aso is not anywhere near what ppl had made Bush 43 out to be. This is just disturbing. *facepalms for sanity of Japan*

    Comment by Channing
    11:08 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I support what Aso is trying to do. Of all the different prime ministers Japan has had over the past few years, I think Aso is really the best.

    Comment by Fatty
    16:18 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I'd agree, it probably isn't really fair as (assumably) neither of us lives in Japan.

    Comment by Role
    13:09 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the main issue here is that he failed to try to fix the economy. Funny, Obama's going for the same kinda thing that failed in Japan... We'll see how much this love affair with him lasts...

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    12:32 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    His popularity would sky rocket if he invested in manga and anime XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well.... thats politic for you....

    even god himself cant get 50% approval rating....

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