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Abe Weathers `Hot Summer' of Protests as Support Bounces Back

  • Organizers say 350,000 people attended Tokyo rally at weekend
  • Support rate rises 8 Points to 46 Percent from July poll
People protest against Shinzo Abe's security bills outside the National Diet building in Tokyo on Sunday.

People protest against Shinzo Abe's security bills outside the National Diet building in Tokyo on Sunday.

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bounced back, even as mounting opposition to his defense policy led thousands of people across the nation to protest Sunday against his push to expand the powers of Japan’s military.

The approval rating of Abe’s cabinet rose 8 percentage points from last month to 46 percent, according to a Nikkei newspaper survey conducted Aug. 28-30. The bump comes despite a majority of respondents opposing Abe’s economic policies and his plan to push through the controversial security legislation in a parliamentary session set to end this month.