ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Japan PM's approval rating sinks to record-low 35%

60% favor plans to acquire counterstrike capabilities

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters on Dec. 27, "In order to avoid a sharp increase in the influx of new cases into the country, we are focusing efforts on entry inspections and airports." (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The approval rating of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet has fallen to 35%, its lowest yet, even as his move to bolster the nation's defense capabilities receives broad public support, the latest Nikkei-TV Tokyo poll shows.

Public support declined 2 percentage points from November's 37% in the survey, conducted from Friday through Sunday. At the same time, 60% of respondents said they backed the government's decision to acquire "counterstrike capabilities" to hit enemy missile bases, far above the 31% who opposed the move.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more