Japanese PM to step down due to declining health – reports

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency during a meeting of the new coronavirus task force at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, April 7, 2020. Franck Robichon/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed intention to step down. According to Japanese media, the reason behind this decision is his declining health. Abe is the longest-serving PM in post-war Japan

Japan’s Prime Minister’s Office said that Shinzo Abe will be meeting top ruling officials at the party headquarters to discuss the matter.

Concerns about Shinzo Abe’s chronic health issue intensified this month after visiting a hospital in Tokyo two weeks in a row for health checkups.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term ends in September next year.

He was expected to stay on until a new party leader was elected and formally approved by the parliament.