Poll boost

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The Japanese Prime Minister, Morihiro Hosikawa, is basking in recordpublic esteem as he faces a crucial period of his short rule, Reuter reports from Tokyo. The poll, carried out by the daily Yomiuri Shimbun, showed support for his cabinet at 73.5 per cent, a new high since polling began in Japan after the Second World War.