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Suga spars with Japan's opposition in crucial hurdle

Approval rating hinges on how public views budget committee questioning

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the lower house budget committee. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has taken on his first faceoff with the opposition in the lower house budget committee, a milestone after which public approval for new Japanese leaders typically drops.

Wednesday marked the end of two days of budget committee sessions, which, despite the name, serve as a venue for lawmakers to grill the prime minister on a broad range of topics.

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