TOKYO: Support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government has tumbled, battered by questions about the ruling party’s ties to the Unification Church and its response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a public opinion poll.
Links to the church, founded in South Korea in the 1950s and famous for its mass weddings, have become a headache for Kishida since Jul 8, when former premier Shinzo Abe was shot and his suspected killer said his mother was bankrupted by the church and blamed Abe for promoting it.
According to a survey done at the weekend by the Mainichi Shimbun daily, Kishida’s support fell to 36 per cent from 52 per cent a month ago, the lowest since he took office last October.
Those who believed ties between the Unification Church and Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) were either “an extreme problem” or “something of a problem” hit 87 per cent. Only 4 per cent believed it was not a problem at all.