Markets could start to question the long-term sustainability of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic program – known as 'Abenomics' – if his approval rating continues to decline, a market researcher has warned.
"In terms of all that good news we're hearing from Japan, the most interesting story out of Japan at the moment is the collapse of approval rating of Prime Minister Abe," Derek Halpenny, market researcher at the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, told Eyes On Events on Friday. "And the most recent approval rating data we got today, we saw the biggest collapse in the cabinet approval rating since Prime Minister Abe came into power in 2012."
Japan's third longest serving post-war prime minister was hit by poor approval ratings on Friday, shedding fresh doubt over the success of his administration's economic reforms.
The approval rating for Abe's government sunk to 29.9 percent, sliding below 30 percent for the first time. And his disapproval rating rising to 48.6 percent, according to a poll for the Jiji news agency.
A poll for the Asahi newspaper earlier this week revealed that only 33 percent of the Japanese public approved of the prime minister, while 47 percent disapproved.
These were the worst approval figures since Mr Abe's re-election in 2012.