Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Resigns!

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe resigns!

Citing health reasons, Shinzo Abe the longest serving PM of Japan, resigned.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said:

“Even though there is one year to go in my tenure and there are challenges to be met, I have decided to stand down as prime minister. For almost eight years I controlled my chronic disease, however, this year in June I had a regular check-up and there was a sign of the disease. I made a judgment that I should not continue my job as prime minister. I need to fight the disease and need to be treated.”

The resignation of the 66 year old PM, sent ripples all across the globe. Shinzo Abe became the PM of Japan, 8 years back. At that time, he made two promises.

The first was to jump-start the long sputtering economy of Japan. And the second was to pursue a muscular foreign policy, with emphasis being laid on countering China.

To Japan’s stance on China, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said:

“I’ve realized that Japan is expected to exert leadership not just on the economic front, but also in the field of security in the Asia-Pacific. There are concerns that China is attempting to change the status quo by force, rather than by rule of law. It shouldn’t take that path, and many nations expect Japan to strongly express that view.”

Shinzo Abe suffers from an inflammatory bowel disease, called colitis, which is non-curable. This is the same disease which caused him to suddenly resign in the year 2007, as the PM of Japan.

“I don’t want to make mistakes in important political decisions. I decided I shouldn’t continue sitting in this seat as long as I cannot respond to the mandate of the people with confidence.”  Added Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.

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