Japan’s PM Abe to Step Down After Record-Long Tenure

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd from L) is pictured before a Cabinet meeting at his office in Tokyo on Aug. 28, 2020, wearing a face mask amid the continued spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will step down from his post due to health concerns, a source from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Friday.

Abe, who has been premier since December 2012 following his first one-year stint in the post between 2006 and 2007, just recently achieved the feat of staying in the top government post for the longest uninterrupted term in the country’s history.

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