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Support for Abe cabinet hits 54%, steadily climbing from summer nadir

Economy, not constitution, at front of Japanese voters' minds

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inaugurated his new cabinet Wednesday.

TOKYO -- The approval rating of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet ticked up in a new Nikkei Inc./TV Tokyo survey that also shows a shrinking margin of support for the newly re-elected leader's proposal to revise the country's pacifist constitution.

Support for the cabinet, which was reshuffled in August and reappointed in its entirety after Abe's election Wednesday, climbed to 54% in the poll on Wednesday and Thursday, up 4 percentage points from the last regularly scheduled survey in September. Its disapproval rating fell 4 points to 38%.

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