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Abe criticized as inflexible when dealing with China

By Li Yan (People's Daily Online)    17:33, December 14, 2016

Japanese net users maintained a skeptical attitude toward a November survey that showed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approval rating at 60.7 percent, a record high for the past three years. 

One netizen criticized Abe as inflexible when dealing with China. Others argued Abe's administration is not favored by anyone they personally know, nor by entrepreneurs with a conscience.

"The voices of local media are overlooked and covered up," Japanese net user "gaia19772037" commented on Yahoo BBS. Abe's approval rating is between 40.5 and 60 percent according to big media outlets, but has plummeted to between 17 and 28 percent if local media polls are to be believed, the user added.

In a Facebook survey in which 8,500 people took part, 92 percent opposed Abe's administration, while just 5 percent supported it. That result can be partially explained by the weakness of Japan's opposition parties, which leaves voters no alternatives to Abe, analysts argue.

Japanese net users have put forward a long list of accusations against Abe, which include passing controversial new security laws, squandering 8 billion yen during more than 60 visits overseas, intervening in media reports with the aim of rewriting the pacifist constitution, ignoring the protests of Okinawa residents against a U.S. military base, and failing to lift the country's lackluster economy.

"The Abe administration is so stubborn, it doesn't know how to deal with China on many issues, but has nevertheless opened the door for dialogue with China," a Japanese net users criticized online. 

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