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Amid an unprecedented nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases, the approval rate for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet dropped 8.3 percentage points from the previous month to 43.4% in February, a monthly opinion poll by Jiji Press showed.

The disapproval rate rose 6.6 points to 25.3%, while the proportion of respondents who said that they did not know came to 31.2%, up 1.6 points, according to the survey, conducted over four days through Monday.

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