Abe still supported by Japan despite censorship bill

6 years ago by in Politics

Despite proposing a controversial state-secrecy bill that has risen protests last week in Japan, the country’ Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is still strongly popular after almost a year into office, with latest polls showing that around 60 percent of Japan’s population is still supporting him. The level of popularity is around where it was last December, when Abe came in power.

The surveys show that voters are holding on to expectations that Abenomics–the prime minister’s policy mix of aggressive monetary easing, government spending and pro-growth–will turn around the economy, the international press reports.

So far, the effects of the Abenomics include a weaker currency and boosted asset prices, brightening consumer sentiment and leading Japan to post the strongest growth among the Group of Seven nations for the first six months of this year.

While polls by Kyodo News, Nikei and TV Tokyo showed that support for the Abe Cabinet is down only around 3 percent from October, they also showed that the surveyed people were strongly concerned about the secrecy bill which the actual government wants to apply in the current session of parliament that runs until early December.

The Kyodo poll, conducted last weekend, showed that 62.9 percent of voters feel that their “right to know” would not be protected, against 26.3 percent who said it would be. Asked about the bill itself, 45.9 percent of respondents supported it, while 41.1 percent were opposed.

Opposition to the bill was stronger in the Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll, with 50 percent voting against it, while 26 percent supported it.