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Japan's public stays negative toward Suga, at 44% approval

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga addresses a news conference on the coronavirus disease    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The approval rating of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government remains mired below the break-even line, with 44% expressing support for Japan's leader, according to a Nikkei-TV Tokyo poll published Sunday, essentially unchanged from 43% in January.

Disapproval stood at 48%, close to the 50% reported in January, and outpaced approval for the third month in a row.

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