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Suga administration hopes Japanese Olympians’ stellar performance will boost cabinet support 

Sankei reported that senior ruling LDP and Suga administration officials have been actively issuing congratulatory messages to Japanese athletes who have won Olympic medals in a bid to help boost public support for the Suga cabinet. These politicians are hoping that Japanese Olympians’ superb performance will offset the media’s negative coverage of the administration’s response to the ongoing fifth wave of the novel coronavirus since cabinet approval ratings have largely been influenced in the past 18 months by the status of the pandemic. Ruling party officials reportedly project that cabinet support rates after the conclusion of the Games and the pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will determine when Prime Minister Suga will dissolve the Lower House for a snap election.   

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