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The support rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet fell 6.0 percentage points from the previous month to 55.7 percent after the emergence of a scandal about a murky land deal involving a school operator with ties to him and his wife, a Kyodo News poll released Sunday showed.

The nationwide telephone survey conducted over the weekend found that 86.5 percent of respondents viewed the purchase of state-owned land in Osaka at a heavily discounted price by Moritomo Gakuen as inappropriate, while 6.6 percent said they view it as appropriate.

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