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Japan PM Kishida's approval rating recovers past 50%

Osaka-born Japan Innovation Party emerges as leading opposition force

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is currently on a trip to Africa as part of his diplomatic push to expand Japan's presence in the Global South.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet has risen above the 50% mark for the first time in eight months as the Unification Church controversy subsides, a Nikkei-TV Tokyo poll finds.

The approval rating came to 52% in the survey conducted Friday through Sunday, up 4 percentage points from March. Disapproval was 40%.

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