Shinzo Abe, Japan’s PM, ‘set to resign for health reasons’

He has suffered from the disease ulcerative colitis for many years but his condition is thought to have worsened recently.

Public broadcaster NHK said Mr Abe, 65, wanted to avoid causing problems for his government.

Earlier this week, he became Japan’s longest continuously serving prime minister, after taking office in 2012.

In 2007 he resigned abruptly from an earlier term as prime minister because of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition affecting the large intestine, that he has lived with since he was a teenager.

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