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Suga cabinet's approval rating sinks to 34% as Olympics start

Discontent with weak leadership sends public support to a new low

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center, attends a cabinet meeting on July 20. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The approval rating of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government tumbled 9 percentage points from June to 34% in a new Nikkei/TV Tokyo survey amid public disappointment in its leadership as the nation hosts the long-delayed Summer Olympics.

The rating plumbed a new low since Suga took office last September, slipping beneath the 40% nadir marked in May. The last time a cabinet approval rating fell under 40% was in June 2020, when it hit 38% for the government of then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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