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Abe cabinet support rate dips to 48% from Feb: The public approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet has dropped 2.7 points to 48.1 percent, with nearly 70 percent of respondents seeing no need for passage of a labor reform draft bill in the current Diet session amid a scandal over flawed data, a Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.

The support rate in the nationwide survey conducted Saturday and Sunday compares to 50.8 percent in the previous survey taken in February.

The disapproval rate stood at 39.0 percent, up from 36.9 percent in the previous poll.

The survey showed 69.1 percent said it is not necessary to pass a labor reform bill in the current Diet session through June, while only 17.1 percent said the bill should be enacted.

Amid disputes in parliament between ruling and opposition lawmakers over labor reforms, Abe said on Thursday he would remove a key component of the bill which expands the system of rewarding workers based on fixed overtime work hours instead of actual hours worked after the discovery of errors in government data.

Regarding the government decision to remove the key component from the envisioned bill, 60.9 percent said it was a matter of course, while 20.6 percent said it was not necessary to take out the portion. Read more

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Abe cabinet support rate dips to 48% from Feb: The public approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet has dropped 2.7 points to 48.1 percent, with nearly 70 percent of respondents seeing no need for passage of a labor reform draft bill in the current Diet session amid a scandal over flawed data, a Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.

The support rate in the nationwide survey conducted Saturday and Sunday compares to 50.8 percent in the previous survey taken in February.

The disapproval rate stood at 39.0 percent, up from 36.9 percent in the previous