According to officials of Japan’s ruling LDP party, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will resign due to health reasons. He had a problem with ulcerative colitis for many years, but it is being said that his condition deteriorated more recently. Public broadcaster NHK said Abe, 65, wants to avoid causing problems for his government. Shinzo Abe’s term was to end in September 2021. On Monday, Shinzo Abe broke Japan’s record of being the longest PM.
Even in 2007, he suddenly resigned from his post due to ulcerative colitis. This is a serious disease of a large intestine, from which Abe is struggling with adolescence.
In this disease, there is swelling and irritation in the inner lining of the large intestine, due to which many small blisters are formed. Those ulcers and bloating cause stomach problems which affect the digestive system and can cause danger if not treated at the right time. There is also a possibility of getting colorectal (malnal) cancer.
Going to the hospital twice in a week started raising questions about whether Abe’s health was deteriorating. He did not give a reason for going to the hospital, but according to the news, once he remained in the hospital for eight hours. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officials had earlier dismissed speculation about his resignation and said the Prime Minister was in good health.
On Tuesday, one of his colleagues told Reuters that he felt that Prime Minister Abe would complete his term. Akira Amari, the head of the tax panel in the LDP, dismissed the fact that the prime minister would soon dissolve the lower house of parliament to conduct general elections. He said, “There will be no election at the moment.” PM Abe was also criticized for dealing with the epidemic of coronavirus. Apart from this, he was also surrounded by allegations of scandal on members of his party.
Japan’s economy is at a historically low level due to the coronavirus epidemic. PM Abe promised that he will bring the economy back on track.