Nikkei business daily took a survey for Shinzo Abe’s cabinet hit by 26% in the August 26 to 28 rise up by four point earlier this month.
On Monday, media survey shows follower of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voted above 60% in almost two years and almost same want him to stay in same job until Tokyo hosts the Summer Games in 2020.
Voters, however, were split over the foremost “Abenomics” growth formula of hyper-easy monetary policy, fiscal spending and promised reforms, with 47 per cent giving thumbs down to the Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate stance, the poll showed.
The survey conducted by Nikkei business daily reported that, 62% supporter voted for Abe’s cabinet in the 26 to 28 which is raise to 4 point from earlier this month. The paper suggested the rise could be due to Olympics fever, after a closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro where Abe appeared dressed as popular video game character Mario.
Jeffrey Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University’s Japan campus said, “I think the raise was due to the feel-good factor of Japan doing well in the Olympics and ‘Super Mario’ is immaterial,” Japan won 41 medals, including 12 gold.
Rumors has been spread that Abe is almost longest serving leader in a decade, want to be in same post long enough to host the 2020 Olympics.
Doing so would require a change in his Liberal Democratic Party’s rules that limit the party presidency to two three-year terms. Abe’s second term will end in September 2018.
Some LDP heavyweights have voiced support for the rule change, but potential rivals are less inspired.
In previous Nikkei survey resulted 45% voters were in oppose to extending the LDP leader term limit against 41% in favour.