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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe steps down over declining health

Vanguard One

Dec 20, 2019
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stepped down, citing declining health.

Abe announced his decision during a press conference this evening.

"I pull out all the stops for my job as a Prime Minister. I needed to fight against the disease and be treated and I was not really in a perfect state in terms of health condition and, still, I have to make political decisions, important ones," he said.

"I cannot make any mistake in terms of the important position and decisions I make."

Concerns about Abe's chronic health issue, simmering since earlier this summer, intensified this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health check-ups.

Abe confirmed in June a regular check-up showed a sign of the chronic bowel disease.

"I go through treatment and I would like to regain my health again so that I can stand behind a new administration as a politician," he said.

"For the people in Japan, I appreciate your support for about eight years."

In 2007, Abe abruptly resigned from his first stint in office due to his health.

With AP


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