Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced at an Aug. 28 news conference that he has decided to step down from his post in the middle of a record-long tenure. The move follows repeated hospital visits by the prime minister amid concerns about his health.
Aides had pointed out Abe’s fatigue amid Japan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The premier visited Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital on Aug. 17 and again on Aug. 24, and it had been pointed out that his health was unstable. Abe has ulcerative colitis, an intestinal disease.