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Kishida cabinet's approval rating climbs to 43%: Nikkei poll

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The approval rating of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet has topped 40% for the first time in four months.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet rose to 43% in the latest public Nikkei/TV Tokyo survey, up 4 percentage points from the previous month.

The Kishida cabinet's approval rating improved for a second month to return to the 40% level for the first time since October. The decision to give the public greater discretion in mask-wearing recommendations that take effect March 13 -- part of eased pandemic restrictions -- received positive marks.

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