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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Reshuffle Cabinet Amid Plummeting Approval Ratings

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced plans to reshuffle his cabinet on September 13, according to Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the Komeito party, the junior partner in Kishida’s ruling coalition. This decision comes as Kishida’s approval ratings have experienced a sharp decline in the wake of government mishaps related to the integration of tax and social security data into a single identification card.

Challenges and Mishaps

Kishida’s leadership has faced significant challenges recently, particularly due to issues surrounding the implementation of a policy aimed at consolidating people’s tax and social security data. These challenges have led to a drop in public support.

Adding to the difficulties, former ruling Liberal Democratic Party member Masatoshi Akimoto was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes. Kishida expressed disappointment about the arrest and emphasized the need for lawmakers to focus on their responsibilities with vigilance.

The decline in Kishida’s approval ratings is a matter of concern. In a recent poll conducted by the Yomiuri newspaper, only 35% of respondents approved of Kishida’s leadership, while 50% opposed it. Additionally, a majority of people (56%) believed that Kishida should renew his cabinet and make changes to the senior executives of the ruling party.

Cabinet Reshuffle Amid Challenges

Kishida’s decision to reshuffle his cabinet comes at a critical juncture when addressing policy challenges and public opinion is crucial. Cabinet reshuffles are common in Japanese politics and often used as a strategy to rejuvenate leadership and address pressing issues.

The reshuffle scheduled for September 13 will be closely watched, as it may provide insights into Kishida’s strategy for addressing the current challenges and rebuilding public trust in his leadership.

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