Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to resign – NHK

August 28, 2020 - 1:29 PM
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a protective face mask arrives at his official residence, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan August 28, 2020. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

TOKYO  — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to resign, national broadcaster NHK said on Friday, adding that he wanted to avoid causing problems to government due to a worsening of his chronic health condition.

Speculation about Abe‘s health and tenure had risen after he made two visits to a hospital recently. He has battled the chronic disease ulcerative colitis for years. —Reporting by Elaine Lies Editing by Chang-Ran Kim