Senior Japan governing party member suggests early election

Japan’s next prime minister could call a snap general election shortly after taking office next week, a senior member of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has said, the Reuters news agency reported on Sunday. “Seeking a public mandate with a new cabinet that is fresh and enjoys high public support is one option on […]

What is Shinzo Abe’s legacy?

The surprise resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent shockwaves through the country’s political establishment. The 65-year-old quit citing health reasons related to ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease he has lived with since he was a teenager. Abe apologised to the Japanese people and said he did not want his illness to get […]

‘Great friend’: World leaders react to Japan PM Abe’s resignation

Japan’s Shinzo Abe, the nation’s longest-serving prime minister, has announced he will step down from his post due to health reasons. Abe, who turns 66 next month, has suffered from ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager. The chronic condition is thought to be aggravated by stress. Here is what some international leaders are saying about […]

Japan’s Abe leaves office with legacy of longevity, security

Shinzo Abe, the man who promised to restore Japan’s dignity and revive its economy with his signature policy of “Abenomics”, has resigned after nearly eight years as prime minister, blaming his health. Abe, who will turn 66 next month, has suffered from ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager. The chronic condition is thought to be […]

How possible successors stack up if Japan PM Abe resigns

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, could be set to resign, national broadcaster NHK said on Friday, saying he wanted to avert problems for the government from a worsening health condition. Abe has battled ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease, for years. If Abe resigned, he would probably stay on until formally replaced, which requires the […]

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s possible successors

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is set to resign, national broadcaster NHK said on Friday, saying he wanted to avert problems for the government from a worsening health condition. What is Abe suffering from? Abe has suffered from ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease, for years. Who are the likely contenders for replacing Abe? If […]

Japan’s Abe to meet media as hospital visits fuel health concerns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to hold a news conference on Friday afternoon in which he is expected to address growing concerns about his health after two recent hospital examinations within a week. Ruling party officials have said Abe’s health is fine, but the hospital visits, one lasting more than seven and a […]

Japan PM Shinzo Abe to visit hospital again on Monday: report

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit a Tokyo hospital on Monday, the Yomiuri daily said, amid mounting concerns about his health and fatigue from handling the coronavirus crisis. Citing several government and coalition sources, Yomiuri said Abe would receive the results of a medical check-up from a week ago, when he underwent […]