Asked about his attempts to control his public image - for instance by pre-selecting questions for news briefings - he avoided answering by saying that his administration wasn't the first to do so. Aso, 79, served as prime minister more than a decade ago and was in the post when the LDP was removed from office in a historic defeat in 2009. Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, announced Friday he is resigning from office because of a health problem. Has Shinzo Abe's 'womenomics' worked in Japan? Farmers breach Delhi's Red Fort in huge protest1, Curfew riots rage for third night in Netherlands2, Scientists address myths over tree planting3, Biden raises vaccination goal after criticism4, Vaccine supply fears grow amid EU export threat5, Has Sarah Sanders found her political launching pad?6, He made his name satirising Trump - now what?7, Biden revives push for Harriet Tubman $20 bill10. Tokyo … TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address speculation over his health at a press conference later Friday, with reports suggesting he will say he is fit to stay in office. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Getty Images Concerns are mounting over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s health after the country’s leader returned to … He leaves office with a mixed record at home and abroad, and with regret that he was unable to fulfil his lifetime ambition of revising Japan’s pacifist constitution. The 65-year-old has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but he said his condition had worsened recently. VideoThe dressmaker helping Australia with modified masks. September 2020 um 11:27 Uhr bearbeitet. "I would like to sincerely apologise to the people of Japan for leaving my post with one year left in my term of office, and amid the coronavirus woes, while various policies are still in the process of being implemented," he added, making a bow. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced he would step down due to health issues and has apologised for not serving his full-term in office. Farmers breach Delhi's Red Fort in huge protest. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who suffers from an inflammatory bowel disease, returned from a check-up at a Tokyo hospital on Monday to … He declined to comment on who might replace him as leader of Liberal Democratic party [LDP] and prime minister, but candidates include his finance minister, Taro Aso, and Shigeru Ishiba, a longtime critic. He will remain in his post until a successor is chosen. Longest-serving prime minister, who suffers from a chronic colitis, quits because of his worsening medical condition. Shinzo Abe (安倍 晋三, Abe ... Party officials also said the embattled prime minister was suffering from poor health. Rather than addressing prepared questions, the prime minister mostly took questions. Video, Vaccines: Why some will have to wait until 2022, Scientists address myths over tree planting, Biden raises vaccination goal after criticism, Vaccine supply fears grow amid EU export threat, Biden revives push for Harriet Tubman $20 bill. In 2007 he resigned abruptly from an earlier term as prime minister because of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition that he has lived with since he was a teenager. Mr Abe announced the decision in a press conference on Friday evening, revealing that his chronic condition of … Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam and scientist Narinder Singh Kapany known as the 'father of fibre optics' will be awarded Padma Vibhushan posthmously. In a very significant development, Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who stepped down in 2020 due to health reasons features among the 7 Padma Vibhushan awardees. “The greatest challenge facing us now is our response to the coronavirus. When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took three days off for a summer vacation last week and used one of them to get a physical exam, it opened a political Pandora's Box. Shinzo Abe is the longest serving Prime Minister of Japan. Shinzo Abe: Japanese prime minister resigns over chronic health concerns. “I have lost a lot of my energy and strength,” he said. Despite persistent rumours about Abe’s health following two recent hospital visits, Shinichi Nishikawa, a professor of political science at Meiji University in Tokyo, said his resignation had come as a big surprise. He also apologised for leaving office before resolving the cold war abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea and a territorial dispute with Russia. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a face mask arrives at Keio University Hospital for a clinical examination in Tokyo on Monday. The task of guiding Japan through the turbulence created by Abe’s unexpected departure could fall to Aso, a gaffe-prone rightwinger who also doubles as deputy prime minister. Shinzo Abe resigns as Japanese prime minister due to ill-health – video Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has said he will resign because of his declining health, telling a … There should be no disruption to that.”. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation for health reasons. But he leaves office with relations between Japan and South Korea in tatters after the two countries failed to resolve historical disputes over wartime sex slaves and forced labourers. Will the economy get Shinzo Abe re-elected? Curfew riots rage for third night in Netherlands, The homeless addict who became a professor, The global plan to share Covid-19 vaccines fairly, The dressmaker helping Australia with modified masks. Mr Abe said he would "firmly execute my duty to the end" until a replacement was chosen. Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has made his second trip to hospital in a week, prompting renewed concern over his health. On the foreign policy front, Abe has overseen a slight thaw in relations with China, which had reached an historical low over competing claims to the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Potential successors have already emerged, including Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, and LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida, who is rumoured to be Mr Abe's choice. Abe said he would start a new treatment that requires regular injections, but that there was no guarantee it would work. 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