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Japan after Abe

Japan's Suga shoots to 74% approval on 'trust' factor: poll

New prime minister logs third-highest debut after Koizumi and Hatoyama

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga holds a news conference on Sept. 16. (Photo by Karina Noka)

TOKYO -- Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's new government comes in at 74%, the third-highest result for any cabinet at its debut, a snap Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll shows.

This makes Suga, who took office Wednesday, the country's most popular new leader since Yukio Hatoyama in 2009, an analysis of past poll data shows.

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