Approval grows for Abe Cabinet despite sales tax rise


The Japan Times reports a new poll by Kyodo News which gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet a 63.3% approval rating.

Of those interviewed 53.3% said that they supported the increase in the country’s sales tax although 61.6% opposed a further increasing in the sales tax to 10 percent planned for October 2015. Whilst 79% said that a reduced sales tax should be introduced for items such as food.

But 48.5% of those interviewed did not have a positive view of the government’s ¥5 trillion economic stimulus package.

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