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Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not been rocked by the scandal over alleged influence-peddling in a cut-price land deal but the vast majority of respondents doubt his version of events, the results of the latest opinion poll indicate.

According to the results of the weekend-long Kyodo News survey, released Sunday, the approval rating for Abe’s Cabinet has slipped 3.3 points to 52.4 percent, and about 82 percent of the public thinks his government hasn’t done enough to dispel the doubts created by its hushed cut-rate land deal with a nationalist school operator in Osaka, or allegations that Abe donated money to it via his wife.

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