Plummeting support: Only 10.4% of Japanese public back PM Kishida in leadership race

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces a bleak outlook with only 10.4% public support ahead of the LDP leadership race, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with his administration’s policies and performance, particularly on economic issues, public trust, and foreign policy.

Recent media polls indicate a staggering low support rate of just 10.4% for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida among the public ahead of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership race.

Prime Minister Kishida, who has been in office since October 2021, faces mounting challenges as his administration’s approval ratings continue to plummet. The poll, conducted by a major Japanese media outlet, highlights a growing discontent among Japanese citizens, reflecting a sense of frustration with Kishida’s handling of various domestic and international issues.

Key areas of criticism include the government’s response to the economic downturn, perceived sluggishness in addressing inflation, and insufficient measures to tackle the country’s aging population crisis. Additionally, Kishida’s foreign policy, especially his stance on relations with neighboring countries such as China and South Korea, has drawn mixed reactions, with many feeling that his approach lacks the assertiveness needed to safeguard Japan’s national interests.

The LDP, Japan’s long-dominant political party, is now at a critical juncture. With only a fraction of the public supporting Kishida, the party risks a significant loss of confidence that could have far-reaching implications for its future. The upcoming leadership race is seen as a pivotal moment for the LDP, as party members must weigh the risks of maintaining the status quo against the potential benefits of electing a new leader who can reinvigorate public support.

Prominent figures within the LDP are reportedly eyeing the leadership position, sensing an opportunity to capitalize on Kishida’s dwindling popularity. The internal dynamics of the party are expected to play a crucial role in the leadership race, with factions and key stakeholders likely to influence the outcome.