Selangor Journal
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a protective face mask arrives at his official residence, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, on August 28, 2020. — Picture by REUTERS

Japan PM Abe set to resign, citing worsening health – media

TOKYO, Aug 28 — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to resign, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday, adding that the long-serving leader wanted to avoid causing problems for the government due to the worsening of a chronic health condition.

Abe has battled the disease ulcerative colitis for years and two recent hospital visits within a week fanned questions on whether he could stay in the job until the end of his term as ruling party leader, and hence, premier, in September 2021.

He was scheduled to hold a news conference at 5:00pm. (0800 GMT).

The conservative member of parliament returned as prime minister for a rare second term in December 2012, pledging to revive growth with his “Abenomics” mix of hyper-easy monetary policy, fiscal spending and reforms.

On Monday, he surpassed a record for longest consecutive tenure as premier set by his great-uncle Eisaku Sato half a century ago.

Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and scandals among party members, Abe has recently seen his support fall to one of the lowest levels of his nearly eight years in office.

He has beefed up military spending and expanded the role of the armed forces, but his dream of revising the pacifist constitution has failed due to divided public opinion.

He resigned abruptly as prime minister in 2007, citing ill-health after a year plagued by scandals in his cabinet and a huge election loss for his ruling party. He had since kept his illness in check with medicine that was not previously available.

— Reuters


Top Picks

LTdL 2023: All 22 teams ready to roll after colourful introduction

Editor Selangor Journal

Qu’ran burnings Islamophobic acts intended to incite hatred, says PM Anwar

Editor Selangor Journal

Climate change: Anwar urges developed countries to fulfil commitment to mobilise US$100 bln annually

Editor Selangor Journal