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The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has fallen 6.0 points since November to 42.7 percent, marking the second straight month of decline, amid criticism he uses taxpayers’ money to entertain his supporters at a state cherry-blossom viewing event, a survey showed Sunday.

The disapproval rate stood at 43.0 percent, up from 38.1 percent and eclipsing the support rating for the first time since December 2018, the Kyodo News survey said.

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