Japan PM Abe reassures on health after second hospital visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who suffers from an inflammatory bowel disease, returned from a check-up at a Tokyo hospital on Monday to reassure the media over the state of health and insist he wanted to do the best job possible.

There has been rising concern about the state of his health amid the coronavirus crisis, after he underwent a more than seven and a half hour medical examination last week.

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.

He returned to his official residence to tell reporters that he wanted to do everything he could to maintain and his health and do his utmost at his job.

Abe has been in office since 2012 in his second stint as prime minister.

He resigned from his first term just a year into the job in 2007 because of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition, which he now keeps under control with medication that was not previously available.

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