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Japan’s new PM faces low approval ratings

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Japan's new PM faces low approval ratings

Approval for Japan’s new Prime Minister is off to a rocky start only two days into the job

All major polls in the country rated Japan’s Fumio Kishida lower than previous leader Yoshihide Suga, when he took power a year ago.

On the lower end, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said only 45 percent of Japanese supported Kishida’s fresh administration.

That’s 20 percent less than what they gave Suga’s cabinet at the beginning.

The most optimistic results came from the Nikkei newspaper, which said 59 percent supported Kishida’s government.

Kishida responded on Wednesday.

“I’m aware of the polling results, but also believe that there is quite a gap depending on the company that conducted the survey. Regardless, I will reflect on my actions based on these results – including the low approval ratings – and continue to work hard toward the upcoming election.”

On Monday, Kishida called for a parliamentary election on October 31.

He hopes to secure a mandate and proceed with improving Japan’s coronavirus response, and economic recovery.

With such low approval ratings, analysts say it’s unlikely Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party will score a land slide victory.

Still, most Japanese rate Kishida higher than Suga in immediate polls.

The previous leader’s popularity tumbled for his handling of Japan’s fifth wave of the coronavirus.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes

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A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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