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Monday, 17th March 2008
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Support for Japan's cabinet at record level

Support levels for Japan's current cabinet has reached a record low, it has emerged.

According to the results of a study by Kyodo News, the latest data shows support levels of 33.4 per cent for the cabinet of prime minister Yasuo Fukuda.

Mr Fukuda was appointed as Japan's prime minister in September 2007, when he also became president of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), a political party established in November 1955.

The LDP has been in power for most of Japan's post-war history.

Mr Fukuda's appointment was made after the resignation of the country's former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

The Kyodo News poll also found that Mr Fukuda's disapproval ratings have increased since last month to 50.6 per cent, an increase of 6.1 per cent since February 2008.

Mr Fukuda's approval ratings are 2.2 per cent lower than those recorded last month.