China News Service, January 25. According to "Central News Agency", the latest poll by Japan's "Asahi Shimbun" shows that the approval rate of the cabinet led by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has fallen to 33%.
More than 70% of the interviewees believed that Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet had “failed to exert leadership” in the prevention and treatment of the new crown pneumonia epidemic.
Data map: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
According to telephone polls conducted by the Asahi Shimbun on January 23 and 24, the approval rate of Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet was 33%, down 6 percentage points from December 2020; the cabinet’s disapproval rate was 45%, compared with 2020. An increase of 10 percentage points in December.
According to reports, after Yoshihide Suga's cabinet came to power in mid-September 2020, the support rate in the first poll was 65%, and the support rate dropped significantly after four months.
Polls also showed that the party support rate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party dropped from 38% in December 2020 to 34%; the largest opposition party, the Cadet Party, rose from 5% to 7%.
On January 8, 2021 local time, passers-by pass by a closed shop in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
In addition, in response to the new crown epidemic, 15% of the interviewees believed that the cabinet of Yoshihide Suga "demonstrated leadership", while 73% of the interviewees stated that the cabinet "did not exert leadership".
In order to prevent the spread of the epidemic, Suga Yoshihide issued the "Declaration of Emergency" to the 1 capital and 3 prefectures in the metropolitan area on January 7, followed by the addition of Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, and Hyogo Prefecture.
This is also the second time Japan has issued a "Declaration of Emergency" after April 2020.
However, when the interviewees were asked about the timing of the announcement, 80% answered "too slow", 16% "appropriate", and 2% "too early".
Regarding the government’s measures to ask people to minimize unnecessary outings and to call for early closure of restaurants, 54% answered “insufficient”, 34% “appropriate”, and 8% “excessive”.