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Public approval for PM Abe exceeds disapproval

NTV reported on Sunday that its weekend survey found that public support for the Abe cabinet rose 6.5 points from last month to 42.1%, exceeding the disapproval rate for the first time in four months. Nonsupport dropped 6.3 points to 41.0%. When asked how North Korea should be persuaded to stop its nuclear and missile development, 29.4% answered dialogue, 49.7% said diplomatic pressure such as economic sanctions, and 10.6% chose the use of force. On North Korea’s missile program, 49.7% said they see it as a major threat and are concerned, while 41.4% said they feel the threat is not imminent. With regard to new Democratic Party leader Maehara, 33.4% said they have high expectations for him and 52.9% said they do not.

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