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Japan cabinet reshuffle fails to shore up support for Kishida: poll

Unification Church controversy continues to dampen approval

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's approval rating has declined amid a rise in Japanese COVID-19 cases, inflation and controversy over the Unification Church's ties to members of the ruling party.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday did little to drum up support for the Japanese leader as the public remains wary of politicians' ties to the Unification Church, a Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll shows.

In the poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, 44% of respondents were not happy with the new cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's new leadership team. Just 30% said they liked the new lineups.

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