64% of Japanese unhappy with Kishida’s reaction to rising prices: Poll

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Tokyo, Japan Tue, 06/14/2022 2022-06-14 18:55 0 e16ff64e7ecc29b4174149122324dc54 2 Asia and Pacific Japan, inflation, fumio-kishida, referendum, election, free feedback

The proportion of Japanese who thought Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s response to rising prices was insufficient was 64.1 percent, while 28.1 percent said it was satisfactory. Kyodo news That’s according to a survey conducted on Monday.

In a three-day nationwide telephone survey conducted on Saturday, a total of 77.3 percent said rising prices for groceries and other daily necessities have affected their lives to varying degrees, an increase of 8.6 percent from the April poll corresponds.

With House of Councilor elections expected next month, 71.1 percent said they would take the high cost of living into account when voting.

With the Japanese yen depreciating against the US dollar and rising oil and other import prices amid the war in Ukraine, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said last week that consumers had become “more tolerant” of price hikes. . He was forced to retract the comment and apologize after facing criticism from lawmakers and consumers.

In the poll, 77.3 percent said they thought their comments were inappropriate. The number of people who thought Kuroda was unsuitable as central bank governor reached 58.5 percent.

Since Kuroda became BOJ governor in 2013, the bank has set a 2 percent inflation target and implemented ultra-loose monetary policy. His term of office ends in April 2023.

Polls showed the approval rating for the Kishida cabinet fell to 56.9 percent after rising to 61.5 percent earlier last month, the highest level since he took office in October. The cabinet rejection rate rose 5.1 points to 26.9 percent.

Japan on Friday resumed visa procedures for welcoming foreign tourists, taking the first step in boosting visiting tourism after two years of quasi-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those who thought such a move was justified reached 68.4 percent, compared to 30 percent who disagreed.

In the upper house election, 39.7 percent said they would vote for proportional representation of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party led by Kishida.

It was followed by the opposition Japan Innovation Party with 9.9 percent, Japan’s largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party with 9.7 percent and Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, with 5.8 percent.

The survey reached 524 randomly selected eligible voter households via landline and 2,006 mobile numbers. It received responses from 425 households and 626 mobile phone users.

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