Shinzo Abe’s record done in by ill health

Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) with his successor, Yoshihide Suga, after the Liberal Democratic Party elected the chief cabinet secretary as the new head of Japan’s ruling party in Tokyo. – EPA pic, September 16, 2020.

SHINZO Abe smashed records as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, championing ambitious economic reform and forging key diplomatic relationships, while weathering scandals. But in the end, he was undone by his health.

The 65-year-old resigned today after more than eight years in office over two terms, forced to step down with a year left in his mandate by a recurrence of the ulcerative colitis that has long plagued him.

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