Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his plans to resign in a news conference Friday due to a chronic illness that has resurfaced.
He called the decision “gut-wrenching.”
Concerns about Abe’s health have swirled since early summer and grew in the last two weeks when he made two visits to a Tokyo hospital.
Abe, 65, has said he suffers from ulcerative colitis had it under control with treatment.
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