Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step down due to health

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Posted at 1:40 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 03:21:13-04

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, intends to leave office because of declining health, according to his political party.

In a country once known for its short-tenured prime ministers, the departure marks the end of an unusual era of stability that saw the Japanese leader strike up strong ties with President Donald Trump even as Abe’s ultra-nationalism riled the Koreas and China.

While he pulled Japan out of recession, the economy has been battered anew by the coronavirus pandemic, and Abe has failed to achieve his cherished goal to formally rewrite the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution because of poor public support.