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After the governing coalition rammed through the Diet a state secrets bill on Dec. 6, public opinion polls taken by various news media showed a sharp decline in approval ratings for the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The ratings, which had remained high at around 70 percent, plummeted by around 10 percentage points to between around 55 percent and less than 50 percent, while the ratio of those who disapproved of the administration rose by 10 to 15 percentage points.

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