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Abe government slips to 48% approval in latest survey

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approval rating has slipped below the 50% mark. (Photo by Uchiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe garnered 48% support in a Nikkei-TV Tokyo poll conducted Friday through Sunday, down 2 points from the previous survey in December. Disapproval, meanwhile, increased 4 points to 45%.

The Abe cabinet's approval rating fell below 50% for the first time since March 2019. At that time, it came to light that the labor ministry doctored labor statistics every month. A series of scandals, such as the use of public funds for a political cherry blossom viewing party, has followed.

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