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Japan’s Kishida Gets Lowest Support for a New Premier Since 2008

  • New premier will be put to the test by an Oct. 31 election
  • New cabinet scored higher in a survey compiled by Kyodo News
Fumio Kishida
Fumio KishidaPhotographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was at 49% in a survey by a major newspaper, the lowest for a new leader in 13 years and an ominous sign as he heads into a national election in a little over three weeks. 

The Mainichi newspaper survey that published Tuesday, a day after Kishida took office, found support plumbed depths for an incoming premier not seen since Taro Aso scored 45% when he took over as leader amid the financial crisis in 2008. Aso served less than a year and his long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party was then ousted from power.