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…