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TOKYO -- The Japanese Cabinet's public approval rating plummeted to 29 percent, dropping below 30 percent into a "danger zone", Japan's newspaper Mainichi Shimbun's latest survey showed Sunday.

The latest opinion poll has shown that the support rate of the Japanese government headed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stood at 29 percent, down 7 percentage points from the 36 percent in the previous survey in August, a record low since Kishida took office in October 2021.

A public support rating below 30 percent is commonly viewed as a danger zone for the cabinet. (Japan-Cabinet-Poll)

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SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement could be a contributor to the region's post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, according to an ASEAN joint statement released on Sunday.

The statement was issued after the inaugural RCEP Ministers' Meeting held in northwest Cambodia's Siem Reap province, on the sidelines of the 54th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Ministers' Meeting. (Cambodia-RCEP-Post-pandemic Recovery)

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ISLAMABAD -- The total death toll in Pakistan from this season's monsoon rains and floods since mid-June has risen to around 1,545, along with 12,860 injured, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.

According to a report released by the NDMA on Saturday evening, 552 children and 315 women were among those who lost their lives in separate rain or flood-related accidents in the country. (Pakistan-Floods-Deaths) Enditem

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