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Japan PM’s Support Under 30% for First Time in a Major Poll

  • Rate for Kishida’s government fell to 27.4% in a Jiji poll
  • Premier still has ample breathing space as opposition falters
Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida

Photographer: Rodrigo Reyes-Marin/Zuma Press/Bloomberg

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Support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dipped in a major poll below the 30% level considered a danger zone for a premier, as voters have faulted him over measures to fight inflation and not doing enough to cut ties to a fringe church.

The approval rating for Kishida’s government fell to 27.4% in a Jiji Press poll released Thursday. It was a record low for the prime minister who has been in office for about a year and comes amid weak consumption data released this week, which could grow even more anemic due to some of the fastest inflation in more than three decades.