The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo has resigned for health reasons. While announcing his resignation, he said he didn’t want his health issues to be a decision-making issue.
The 65-year-old apologized to the Japanese for not completing his term in office.
Shinzo has had ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, for many years, but his resignation comes after he has recently deteriorated. He has lived with this disease since his youth.
He said his health deteriorated after ulcerative colitis resurfaced in mid-July. The minister said he was being re-treated so that he would have to visit the hospital regularly, which will get on his way of performing official duties and functions.
Mr. Abe said he had decided to step down because he did not want to make mistakes regarding important decisions for health reasons.
The prime minister, who served the longest in the post, has been serving his current term, which began in 2012 and which had to end in 2021. He will remain the prime minister until the new one is elected.
This is not the first time Shinzo has stepped down in the same position. He did so in 2007, where he abruptly resigned and still citing the same ulcerative colitis.
With his aggressive economic policies, known as Abenomics, Mr. Abe has earned a reputation as a staunch conservative and nationalist.
In addition to stimulating growth in the Japanese economy, Abe has also strengthened defense and increased military spending.
Regardless, the only thing that was not possible was to revive Article 9 of the Constitution, which gives the standing army powers other than self-defense.
While bowing, he added that he would like to sincerely apologize to the people of Japan for stepping down a year before the end of the current term and for being in a situation where the country is cracking down on the coronavirus pandemic and other measures still underway are being implemented.
The Prime Minister also expressed regret that he had failed to deliver on his core promises. Core promises include forcing North Korea to return Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, resolve territorial disputes with its neighbor Russia, and amend the constitution to give the military more power.
Mr. Abe said he would firmly do his duty until the end when the new Prime Minister is elected.
It is to be expected that his announcement will automatically trigger a vote within his section, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), to elect his successor.
The party will decide how the elections will be conducted next Tuesday.
After the election, there will be a parliamentary vote to elect a new prime minister.
There is already a rumor about possible replacements. The names indicate that Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga are favorites. But if for Mr. Abe to choose, then the political leader Fumio Kishida could be the choice.
It is also to be expected that if a replacement emerges from these decisions, Non would also be expected to deviate significantly from current government policy.
Whoever is elected will remain in office until 2021, the end of Mr. Abe’s tenure.
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