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Abe's approval hit by questions over taxpayer-funded festivities

Support for cabinet slides 7 points to 50%, stemming from cherry blossom party

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, mingles with guests at the government-funded cherry blossom event in Tokyo in April 2019.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet declined 7 points from last month to 50% in the latest Nikkei-TV Tokyo survey, taking a hit from the controversy over supporters being invited to a government-funded event to view cherry blossoms.

Disapproval of the cabinet rose 4 points to 40%.

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