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Reshuffle 'fails to impress voters'

Newspaper polls show Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda's Cabinet reshuffle has failed to lift public support.

Polls showed support for Mr Noda and his new Cabinet was flat to slightly down from before Friday's reshuffle.

The approval rating in the Nikkei business daily poll was 37%, up one-tenth a percentage point from December, with disapproval unchanged.

The Yomiuri and the Asahi said approvals dipped - five points to 37% and two points to 29% respectively.

Mr Noda's numbers have declined since he took office in September.

The majority of respondents opposed his tax hike plan.

Each poll telephoned about 1,000 eligible voters on January 13-14.

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