Abe Cabinet rating recovers to 62 per cent

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for talks with his Ethiopian counterpart Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace during an official visit to Addis Ababa, January 13, 2014.

TOKYO - The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet rose to 62 percent, according to a recent Yomiuri Shimbun poll, up seven percentage points from the previous poll conducted Dec. 6-8.

The disapproval rating fell by eight percentage points to 30 percent in the poll conducted from Friday through Sunday, while the approval rating of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party rose to 40 percent, up from 36 percent in the previous poll.

Approval ratings for major political parties were 4 percent for the Democratic Party of Japan, down from 6 percent in the December poll, 4 percent for New Komeito and 3 percent for the Japanese Communist Party, both unchanged.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they support progress made in the relocation within Okinawa Prefecture of the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station. Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima approved reclamation of the relocation site at the end of last year, a crucial step for moving the base from Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago. Just 28 percent said they do not support this development.

Regarding Abe's first visit to Yasu-kuni Shrine as a prime minister in December, 45 percent support it and 47 percent do not.

Sixty percent said they support the Abe administration's economic policies, up five percentage points from the previous survey.

Meanwhile, 79 percent said a reduced tax rate system should be introduced for daily necessities if the consumption tax rate is raised to 10 percent in October next year as planned.

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