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Abe cabinet's approval climbs after G-7 summit: Nikkei poll

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama in Hiroshima. (Pool photo)

TOKYO -- Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has rebounded to 56%, the highest since September 2014, following what many respondents to a weekend Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll saw as a strong diplomatic performance at the Group of Seven summit.

The cabinet's approval rating rose 3 percentage points from the previous poll about a month ago.

Sixty-two percent of households surveyed held a favorable opinion of Abe's performance as host of the gathering of G-7 leaders in Ise-Shima, while 92% thought well of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima after the summit.

Opposition to a consumption tax increase in April 2017 -- which Abe now looks to postpone -- remained high, at 63%. But support for the tax hike rose 3 percentage points to 32%.

If the tax hike is delayed, an election for the Diet's lower house may be held on the same day in July as the scheduled upper house election. Opposition to such a double election fell 1 point to 42%, yet support also fell 3 points to 38%.

Respondents who had a favorable opinion of Abenomics, the government's effort to beat deflation and boost growth, rose 2 points to 38%, while those who did not fell 4 points to 49%.

Of the 2,278 households with at least one member 18 or older contacted in the poll, 1,089 gave valid responses.

(Nikkei)

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