Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe will resign because of health issues. On Friday the Japanese national broadcaster NHK said Abe is all set to resign. The sources have also reported that because of his deteriorating health condition, Shinzo Abe wanted to avoid causing government problems. Speculation over the health and career of Shinzo Abe had risen after he recently made two visits to a hospital. He has been treating the ulcerative colitis of the chronic disease for years. Shinzo Abe may later address the issue in a press conference on Friday.
Japan’s ruling party officials have maintained that Shinzo Abe’s health is good, but hospital visits, one lasting almost eight hours, have fanned speculation as to whether he will be able to stay in the job until the end of his term in September 2021. He surpassed a record set by his grand-uncle Eisaku Sato half a century ago for the longest consecutive tenure on Monday, Reuters recorded.
Shinzo Abe, who promised to revive the economy with his “Abenomics” policy of spending and monetary easing, recently saw his popularity fall to one of the lowest rates of his nearly eight years in office, under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and scandals among party leaders. Shinzo Abe had suddenly resigned as Prime Minister earlier in 2007, citing ill-health after a year in his cabinet marked by scandals and a major election defeat for his ruling party. Since then, Abe had kept his disease in check with medication which had not been available before.