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The approval rating for Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori in the latest Kyodo News survey is down to a mere 7 percent, a drop of 12 percentage points from a similar poll in December. His disapproval rating, meanwhile, has leaped to 82 percent from 65 percent.

The approval rating is the lowest for a prime minister in a Kyodo poll since April 1989, when only 4 percent of respondents supported then Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, who was on the verge of resigning over the Recruit stock-for-favors scandal.

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