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Abe's approval rating climbs back above 50%

Public hopeful on North Korea diplomacy but bothered by lingering scandals

Prime Minister Abe got high marks from the Japanese public for his diplomatic efforts abroad, but the scandals brewing around his administration are still exacting a cost.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now exceeds disapproval for the first time in several months, with the public eager to see summit talks with North Korea but still dissatisfied with the handling of domestic scandals, a Nikkei survey showed.

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