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The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet stood at 36.0 percent, the second lowest figure since he returned to power in late 2012, and at a time when he is facing public criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

The result, down from 38.8 percent a month ago, was released a day before Abe is set to become the nation's longest-serving prime minister in terms of consecutive days in office.

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