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Prime Minister Taro Aso’s support rate keeps plummeting due to public doubts over his leadership ability and a series of policy flip-flops, but he may deserve a bit of kudos for brightening up one area of the nation’s dismal economy.

But it is not the cash handout plan that the 68-year-old leader has touted as one of his key economic stimulus measures that should win him public credit. It is his repeated misreading of the kanji in Japanese texts.

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