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PacNet #8 – Behind the Screen: Happy Days

The Japanese economy may be in terrible shape, but you’d never know it from the public’s evaluation of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi these days. Last Tuesday, the Asahi Shimbun released an opinion survey that showed Obuchi’s public approval rating at 37 percent, up five points from last month and the highest it’s been since coming to office. Remember this was the guy who was supposedly dead on arrival last summer.