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Support for Kishida rises slightly after election, but hurdles remain for agenda

Reuters

13 July 2022, 09:05

Last modification: July 13, 2022, 09:11

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), attends a news conference, after the results of the Upper House elections, at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, July 11, 2022. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via Reuters

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), attends a news conference, after the results of the Upper House elections, at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, July 11, 2022. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via Reuters

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government rose slightly following his ruling party’s election victory, but hurdles remain for key parts of his agenda, including constitutional review, according to opinion polls .

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Kishida increased its seats in the upper house of parliament in Sunday’s election and maintained a majority with its conservative coalition in the poll, conducted two days after the death of the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a campaign rally.

Support for Kishida’s government rose to 65% in a Yomiuri Shimbun poll, up 8 points from a poll in late June, while another poll by the Kyodo news agency pegged support at 63.2%, up 6.3 points.

Both polls took place on Monday and Tuesday.

A large majority of voters polled by the Yomiuri, 79%, want Kishida to stay in power for at least two years, around the time of the next presidential election of the LDP, which, by virtue of the majority of his party, becomes prime minister.

Of this number, 27% wanted him as Prime Minister “as long as possible”.

But that support does not necessarily translate into support for Kishida’s agenda, including overhauling the pacifist constitution – something Abe had wanted to do.

Only 37% of voters polled by Kyodo think the issue should be dealt with “quickly”, while 58.4% think there is no need to rush.