TOKYO-According to a poll, support for Japan’s prime minister has reached its lowest level since he took office, …
hit by anger over his ruling party’s ties to a controversial church and former leader Shinzo Abe’s state funeral, according to an opinion poll Monday.
Government support fell to 41 percent from 47 percent in a previous poll in late August, hitting the lowest since Kishida took office last October, identical to similar polls released last week and down from 57 percent in early July, the survey showed.
The percentage of those who do not support Kishida rose to 47 percent from 39 percent, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper poll.
In parliament last week, Kishida defended his decision on the funeral of Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister when he left office in 2020, but 64 percent of respondents said they could not accept the prime minister’s reasoning.
Opposition to the funeral rose to 56 percent from 50 percent in August, according to the Asahi.