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Majority dissatisfied with Japan's coronavirus response: Nikkei poll

Negative view grows, though Abe cabinet approval rating holds steady

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government now draws a negative rating overall from the Japanese public for its coronavirus response. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Dissatisfaction with the Japanese government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak is growing, with 55% of respondents to a weekend Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll saying they do not have a favorable view.

The negative rating among respondents grew by 11 percentage points from the previous poll in March, climbing to the highest since the question's introduction in February. Those satisfied with the response slipped 9 points to 38%.

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