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Japanese disapproval of Suga's COVID response hits near-record high

Even more believe government's vaccine rollout is not going well, latest poll shows

People walking in Tokyo's Shibuya shopping area on Aug. 29 amid Japan's state of emergency arising from COVID-19 cases.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Mounting public criticism of Japan's handling of COVID-19 has kept Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's approval rating languishing at an all-time low, a recent opinion poll shows.

Disapproval of the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis rose 6 percentage points to 64%, according to the weekend Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll. The result comes within a hair of the 65% disapproval recorded in April, the highest since the question started being posed in February of last year.

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