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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his new cabinet Thursday.

Cabinet shake-up stanches bleeding for embattled Abe

Poll still shows lingering distrust, skepticism about Japanese leader's priorities

| Japan

TOKYO -- The approval rating of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet picked up slightly after a reshuffle Thursday, a new Nikkei Inc./TV Tokyo survey shows, but a recent string of scandals seems to have dealt a lasting blow to the government's credibility.

The poll conducted Thursday and Friday put support for the cabinet at 42%, up 3 percentage points from the previous survey in late July, while its disapproval rating fell 3 points to 49%. Though this marked a halt to a decline that began in April, the government's approval rating remains underwater.

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