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New Zealand PM eyes economy reboot with Japan, Singapore visits

As approval ratings dip, Ardern seeks political boost with tourism, trade

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears at Wellington International Airport on April 13, after the country's borders reopened to Australian tourists at 11:59 pm on April 12.    © Getty Images

SYDNEY -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern left Monday for Singapore and Japan as her first trip overseas since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hopes of boosting the economy amid her declining domestic approval rating.

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