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Abe regains momentum in first post-election poll

Cabinet approval up to 55% but public trust slow to recover

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe smiles in front of an election banner at the Liberal Democratic Party's headquarters in Tokyo. Cabinet approval bounced back to 55% in a weekend poll by Nikkei and TV Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has finally recovered from a land sale scandal that has rocked the government for months, though nearly half the public still questions the leader's trustworthiness.

In a weekend survey conducted by Nikkei and TV Tokyo, 55% of respondents said they approved of the Abe cabinet -- up 7 points from the last survey in late August.

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