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The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet stands at 63.3 percent, up from 61.8 percent last month, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday, despite the government’s recent decision to raise the politically sensitive sales tax.

In the latest survey, 53.3 percent of respondents said they support the increase in the country’s sales tax from the current 5 percent to 8 percent next April as planned, while 42.9 percent expressed opposition.

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