Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe resigns over health concerns

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe resigns over health concerns

  • Abe’s resignation ends his run as the country’s longest serving premier. The 65-year-old said he had been struggling with a relapse of his chronic illness
  • ‘Poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions,’ he said, explaining his decision to resign

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will resign over health reasons and end his tenure as the country’s longest serving premier, he confirmed on Friday.

He said he had suffered a relapse of his chronic illness and since the middle of July, his health had deteriorated and he had lost much of his energy and strength.

“I have been struggling with my illness and I have to get treatment. Poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions. I should continuously produce results,” Abe said in a press conference, suggesting that he would continue to support his replacement by remaining in government.