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Japan PM Abe and Abenomics enjoy strong voter support, show polls

Published on Apr 22, 2013 2:22 PM
 
Japanese voters maintain strong support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (above) as his "Abenomics" economic policy helps weaken the yen and boost share prices, but have little interest in his plan to revise the pacifist constitution, newspaper polls showed on Monday, April 22, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese voters maintain strong support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as his "Abenomics" economic policy helps weaken the yen and boost share prices, but have little interest in his plan to revise the pacifist constitution, newspaper polls showed on Monday.

Mr Abe, who returned to the premiership after his conservative Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) election win in December, has promised to beat deflation with a combination of hyper-easy monetary policy and big fiscal spending.

Voter support for Mr Abe's government came in at 76 per cent in a poll by the Nikkei business daily, up from 69 per cent in the previous survey in March, boding well for the LDP's performance in an upper house election expected in July.

The approval rating was the highest since 2001, when charismatic leader Junichiro Koizumi was in office, the paper said.

 
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