Japanese media outlets are beginning to throw out names for a potential race to succeed Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, as his approval ratings remain sluggish — hovering below 30% in the latest polls.
Major dailies such as the Asahi Shimbun and Sankei Shimbun began conducting opinion polls last year, asking the public who they favor as Kishida's successor.
Less than 2% of those polled chose potential candidates Toshimitsu Motegi, the party's secretary-general, or Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi — an indication that lawmakers from the LDP's main wing are struggling to win over the public.
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