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Abe's handling of wartime labor cases draws 64% support in Japan

Public endorses bringing in a third country for settlement, poll shows

The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw its approval rating slip to 51% in the latest Nikkei survey. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Most Japanese favor the government's stance toward the wartime labor issues with South Korea, the latest Nikkei/TV Tokyo survey finds.

Asked for their views on tapping international arbitration over the row with Seoul, after South Korean courts ordered Japanese companies to compensate Koreans forced to work for them during World War II, 64% of respondents said they supported it and 23% opposed it in the poll taken from Friday to Sunday. 

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