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PM Kishida's support steady at 61% despite unpopular cash payout

Japan's newly launched cabinet retains same level of support as early October

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at the first meeting of a panel to promote digitization in rural Japan, at his office in Tokyo on Nov. 11. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's new cabinet enjoys approval from 61% of the public, the latest Nikkei poll finds, largely unchanged from October despite the public's opposition to his costly cash handout plan.

The previous survey showed Kishida's last cabinet garnering 59% support from respondents. Kishida inaugurated his new cabinet Wednesday after winning a solid mandate in last week's lower house parliamentary election. The current cabinet received 27% disapproval in this poll.

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