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Abe's cabinet reshuffle draws 45% public support

Approval ratings for who should be Japan's next leader tighten

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks with his new cabinet ahead of a photo session in Tokyo on Sept. 11. The latest polling shows more support than not for his picks.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet received a measured endorsement from the public, according to the latest Nikkei-TV Tokyo survey, with 45% approving of the reshuffling and 30% dissatisfied.

The poll, conducted after Abe unveiled the roster Wednesday, also asked who was the most appropriate choice for the next prime minister. Abe is slated to step down from the post in September 2021 when his term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ends, unless the party rules are changed.

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