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The disapproval rate for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s Cabinet stands at 44.1 percent, surpassing for the first time the approval rate, which came to 41.5 percent, according to a nationwide poll by Kyodo News.

The poll, conducted Sunday and Monday, also showed that a combined 73.3 percent of the respondents believe Ichiro Ozawa, secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, should step down either from the party’s No. 2 post or as a lawmaker over the scandal involving a land purchase by his fund management body.

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