tirsdag 10. august 2021

Support for Japan’s PM reaches all-time low over Covid-19, despite Olympics success

Public support for the government of Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has slumped to an all-time low, despite evidence that most people support the decision to go ahead with the Tokyo Olympics during the coronavirus pandemic.

Suga had been hoping to bask in the afterglow of the Games, which ended on Sunday, but support for his cabinet has dipped below 30% for the first time since he became prime minister last September, largely over its response to a recent surge in infections. Approval for the cabinet dropped to 28% according to a poll by the Asahi Shimbun, down three percentage points from the middle of last month, while 56% said the decision to host the Games, in which Japan won a record 58 medals, had been the right one.