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Kishida approval rating starts at 59%, below Abe and Suga: Nikkei poll

New Japanese PM draws more support for growth policies over distribution

New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a news conference on Oct. 4. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet starts with a 59% approval rating in a Nikkei-TV Tokyo poll, an improvement from the previous cabinet's slump but lower than the initial public support for his two most recent predecessors.

This was the third-worst inaugural rating among nine prime ministers with comparable data going back to 2002. Kishida took office on Monday.

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