Abe’s sup­port dips to low­est since 2012

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

cerely ac­cept this as the voice of the peo­ple,” Suga said, adding that the ad­min­is­tra­tion needed to “be even more earnest” about tasks such as re­build­ing the econ­omy.

Abe, in Europe for a G20 sum­mit, told trav­el­ing me­dia he would re­tain core of­fi­cials in the reshuf­fle of the Cab­i­net and rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party of­fi­cials planned for Au­gust.

“I will reshuf­fle the LDP lead­er­ship and the Cab­i­net mem­bers early next month, aim­ing to re­new peo­ples’ feel- ings,” Jiji news agency quoted Abe as say­ing in Stock­holm.

“Sta­bil­ity is ex­tremely im­por­tant to de­liver re­sults. The core struc­ture of the Cab­i­net should not be changed so of­ten.”

Ja­pa­nese me­dia said the re­marks mean he will re­tain Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Taro Aso, who also serves as fi­nance min­is­ter, along with Suga and LDP num­ber two Toshi­hiro Nikai, while ditch­ing gaffe-prone De­fense Min­is­ter To­momi Inada.

He also said he would skip a planned visit to Es­to­nia and would ar­rive back in Japan a day early to visit the flood­dev­as­tated south­west.

Reshuf­fling the Cab­i­net is a step of­ten taken by be­lea- gured lead­ers to re­pair pop­u­lar­ity, but Suga de­nied that was the case.

Ex­actly a year ago, Abe’s rul­ing bloc stormed to a land­slide vic­tory in an elec­tion for par­lia­ment’s up­per house, de­spite con­cerns over his eco­nomic poli­cies and plans to re­vise the na­tion’s post­war Con­sti­tu­tion.

His ad­min­is­tra­tion has since been bat­tered by a scan­dal over sus­pi­cions of fa­voritism to a friend’s busi­ness, ver­bal gaffes by cab­i­net min­is­ters and con­cerns about Abe’s in­ten­tions to re­vise the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He faced another chal­lenge on Mon­day, when former vice-ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Ki­hei Maekawa tes­ti­fied to par­lia- men­tary pan­els on con­cerns Abe may have in­ter­vened to help win ap­proval for a vet­eri­nary school run by an ed­u­ca­tion group whose di­rec­tor, Ko­taro Kake, is a friend.

Abe has re­peat­edly de­nied do­ing Kake any fa­vors.

On July 2, Tokyo Gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike’s novice Tokyo Cit­i­zens First party and its al­lies — in­clud­ing the LDP’s na­tional coali­tion part­ner — won a land­slide vic­tory in the assem­bly elec­tion, tak­ing 79 of the 127 seats up for grabs.

The LDP got 23 seats, its worst ever re­sult in the cap­i­tal and less than half its pre-vote tally.

Shinzo Abe, Ja­pa­nese prime min­is­ter

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