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Abe's approval rating plunges to 42% as scandal takes toll

Japanese leader bears responsibility for doctored documents: Nikkei survey

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows his head March 25 at a gathering of his Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet tumbled to 42% in the latest Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll as his government was engulfed by a scandal surrounding the alteration of documents related to a shady land deal.

The survey conducted between Friday and Sunday showed the cabinet's approval rating down 14 percentage points from the previous poll taken in late February -- the sharpest decline of Abe's tenure. The disapproval rating jumped 13 points to 49%.

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