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A Kyodo News poll has found that some 58 percent of Japanese disapprove of the Cabinet of Ryutaro Hashimoto, an 11 percentage point increase from the previous poll.

The stagnant economy and a scandal involving Finance Ministry officials were cited as factors in driving the rate up. In a December poll, the disapproval rate was 47 percent and the approval rate was 38 percent, compared to the current 34 percent.

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