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TABLE-Most Japanese companies negative on PM Kishida on leadership, prices

       TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Managers at nearly two-thirds of Japanese companies have lost confidence in the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, citing
dissatisfaction over his effectiveness and handling of inflation, according to Reuters monthly poll.
    Below are the questions and answers in the poll, conducted from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2 for Reuters by Nikkei Research. Answers are denoted in percentages. Percentage
totals for a given question may not come to exactly 100%, due to rounding. The "polled" and "replied" figures are in absolute terms. A total of 495 companies responded
to the latest survey.
1. Do you currently support the Kishida administration? (Pick one)
                    Support        Don't support      Polled             Replied
 All                37%            63%                400                223
 Manufacturers      38%            63%                200                112
 Non-manufacturers  37%            63%                200                111
 2. For those who don't support Kishida, what are the reasons? (Pick as many that apply)
                    Lack of    Response on  Unification        Lack of diplomacy  Unclear growth   Fiscal      Weak political  Other   Polled  Replied
                    execution  yen, prices  Church response                       strategy         concerns    base                            
 All                61%        52%          29%                24%                69%              34%         27%             5%      400     140
 Manufacturers      67%        51%          29%                21%                64%              33%         27%             4%      200     70
 Non-manufacturers  56%        53%          30%                26%                74%              34%         27%             6%      200     70
 3. What policies do you think the Kishida administration should prioritise in 2023? (Pick as many that apply)
                    Weak yen,       Supply networks,       Foreign and      Digitalisation  COVID-19   Fiscal          Economic stimulus  Other   Polled  Replied
                    rising prices   overseas partnerships  security policy                             consolidation                                      
 All                68%             36%                    43%              27%             19%        37%             34%                4%      400     240
 Manufacturers      74%             45%                    40%              23%             20%        37%             31%                3%      200     124
 Non-manufacturers  60%             27%                    46%              31%             18%        36%             37%                5%      200     116
 4. What do you see as the major risks to your business next year? (Pick as many that apply)
                    Global               Global      Supply chain  Protracted Ukraine     Higher interest rates  Crisis in the    China business  Other  Polled  Replied
                    inflation/rising     recession   disruption    crisis/nuclear threat  on BOJ easing exit     Taiwan Straight  downturn                       
                    input prices All                87%                  61%         25%           28%                    14%                    16%              33%             3%     400     249
 Manufacturers      91%                  72%         25%           27%                    9%                     24%              41%             2%     200     127
 Non-manufacturers  84%                  49%         25%           30%                    20%                    9%               25%             4%     200     122
 5. How are current business conditions at your company? (Pick one)
                    Good  Not so good  Bad   Polled  Replied
 All                26%   63%          10%   400     252
 Manufacturers      21%   66%          13%   200     129
 Non-manufacturers  32%   61%          7%    200     123
 6. How do you expect business conditions to be by the end of March? (Pick one)
                    Good  Not so good  Bad   Polled  Replied
 All                23%   68%          9%    400     252
 Manufacturers      19%   70%          11%   200     129
 Non-manufacturers  27%   67%          7%    200     123
 7. How do you think next year's profit will compare to this year's? (Pick one)
                    Major decrease  Slight decrease  About even   Slight increase  Major increase  Polled    Replied
 All                4%              17%              33%          36%              9%              400       242
 Manufacturers      6%              18%              34%          32%              11%             200       122
 Non-manufacturers  3%              17%              33%          40%              8%              200       120
 8. How do you plan to focus allocations of next year's earnings? (Pick as many that apply)
                      Capex  R&D   Wage hikes  Dividends  Share buybacks  M&A   Other  Polled   Replied
 All                  71%    34%   37%         17%        6%              13%   10%    400      239
 Manufacturers        74%    53%   33%         20%        4%              11%   8%     200      124
 Non-manufacturers    68%    13%   41%         14%        8%              15%   13%    200      115
 9. After major currency volatility in 2022, what's the ideal dollar-yen level for your company in 2023? (Pick one)
                    110 or lower  110-120  120-130  130-140  140-150  over 150  Polled  Replied
 All                9%            36%      36%      17%      2%       0         400     236
 Manufacturers      3%            35%      39%      18%      4%       1         200     119
 Non-manufacturers  15%           36%      33%      15%      0        0         200     117
 (Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Bradley Perrett)
  
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