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Government's tumbling approval rating may become liability for 'buy Japan'

TOKYO -- Financial market watchers are starting to see the Abe government's fall in public opinion polls, which quickened dramatically this month, as a potential disincentive for investment from overseas.

     An unpopular government would find it all the harder to push through strongly resisted structural reforms and right Japan's listing public finances. Should the prospects for reform fade, discouraged foreign investors may sour on Japanese stocks and bonds.

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