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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to resign - NHK

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on Japan's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tokyo, Japan May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool

TOKYO (Reuters) - 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

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