Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe entered a hospital on Monday for a medical check-up, a government source said, after a top official voiced concern the premier was suffering from fatigue because of his workload during the coronavirus pandemic.
Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, plans to return home later on Monday after the examination at Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital, the source familiar with the situation told Reuters News Agency.
The reason for the check-up was not immediately clear.
News of Abe’s health comes as the country reported its sharpest economic decline due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kyodo News said it was a regular check-up, citing people near to the prime minister, while Nippon TV quoted government sources as saying it was not a worrying situation.
Abe gets a regular check-up twice a year, with his most recent on June 13, said Kyodo, adding that Monday’s visit was a follow-up to the June check-up, citing a hospital source.