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Japan's Suga slips to 42% approval rating in new Nikkei poll

59% disapprove of government's handling of pandemic

TOKYO -- Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government has gone underwater for the first time as officials have struggled to respond to COVID-19.

The approval rating of Suga's cabinet sank to 42% in a weekend Nikkei/TV Tokyo survey -- down 16 percentage points from the previous poll, taken in November. Disapproval climbed 16 points to 48%.

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