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Suga approval slips 11 points after first month: Nikkei poll

Japan's new premier loses steam despite positive reviews on coronavirus

Approval of Japan's coronavirus response topped 50% for the first time under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

TOKYO -- After kicking off his tenure with the third-highest cabinet approval rating in history, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appears to be losing his initial momentum amid a brewing controversy over academic freedom.

The approval rating for Suga's cabinet came to 63% in a Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll over the weekend, down 11 points from the previous poll conducted in September.

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