Japan’s Shinzo Abe back to hospital over health worries

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revisited a Tokyo hospital Monday for what he said was a follow-up medical checkup, further stoking speculation that his health may be deteriorating and that his imminent exit may be a possibility,the The Japan Times reported.

His visit to Keio University Hospital, coming just a week after an earlier checkup, arguably took some shine off what had been expected to be a moment of triumph Monday, when he became the nation’s longest-serving prime minister in terms of consecutive tenure in office.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters at a regular briefing Abe was receiving “additional testing” after that check-up.

“I see him every day and I don’t see any change in him,” Suga said.

Abe, already the country’s longest-serving prime minister, on Monday broke a half-century-old record set by his great-uncle Eisaku Sato for the longest consecutive tenure as prime minister.


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