ePaper

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Abe back on the ropes as second scandal grows

  • Print

Japan's premier was facing fresh pressure Monday as new polls showed a second cronyism scandal has sent his approval ratings nose-diving, and thousands of protesters rallied for his resignation.Shinzo Abe looked to have weathered the storm over a first scandal on the cut-price sale of government land, with his approval ratings starting to creep back up after dropping to record lows.

But a second favoritism row has now erupted into the headlines, reigniting the debate on whether Abe has the backing to win a third term as party chief in September and become the country's longest-serving premier.'On Monday, a poll by the Asahi Shimbun daily showed Abe's disapproval rating at 52 percent, up from 48 percent a month earlier, with his approval rating at just 31 percent.

And a weekend poll by Kyodo News showed public support down by 5.4 percentage points to 37 percent, his second worst showing in the outlet's polling since he took office in 2012.On Saturday, thousands turned out to an unusually large demonstration in front of the national parliament, calling on Abe to resign over the twin scandals.

-AFP, Tokyo

More News For this Category

Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Patel shot dead

| By Asian Age Online
A former leader of Jammu and Kashmir's ruling PDP was shot dead in his car by terrorists in the state's Pulwama district this afternoon, reports
Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Patel shot dead

Indian court finds spiritual guru guilty of raping devotee

| By Asian Age Online
An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and he

Asaram gets life term for raping minor girl

| By Asian Age Online
The Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday sentenced Asaram Bapu to life imprisonment for raping a minor girl. Two other accused, Shilpi
Asaram gets life term for raping minor girl

Singapore PM Lee reshuffles cabinet

| By
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, naming one of his potential successors, Chan Chun Sing, as trade minister and giving additional duties to two
Singapore PM Lee reshuffles cabinet

Al-Nuri Mosque to be rebuilt in Masul

| By International Desk
The United Arab Emirates is to give $50m (£36m) to help rebuild a landmark mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul blown up by Islamic State militants. The UN's
Al-Nuri Mosque to be rebuilt in Masul

North Korea summits may normalize ties with Japan

| By
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said success at upcoming summits North Korea has planned with South Korea and the United States could also mean North Korea and Japan could

Kim Jong-un expresses sorrow at bus crash

| By
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed "bitter sorrow" over a bus accident that left 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans dead.The accident took place on Sunday night
Kim Jong-un expresses sorrow at bus crash

33 left-wing rebels killed in India

| By
As many as 33 left-wing Naxalite rebels have been killed in two consecutive shootouts with security forces Sunday and Monday in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, police said

IS spokesman calls for attacks on Arab nations

| By
In his first statement in 10 months, a spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has called for violence against neighboring Arab nations, suggesting that the

16 killed in Afghan army operation

| By
At least 16 Taliban militants were killed and four others injured after Afghan army waged an operation in restive southern province of Zabul, the defense ministry said Tuesday.  The

© 2018 The Asian Age