Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has resigned due to poor health.
The 65-year old Abe, who is known to have battled chronic ulcerative colitis, said he was resigning for health reasons.
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Abe remains Japan’s longest-serving leader who began his current term in office in 2012, after previously serving as prime minister in 2006-07.
Abe has tried to revive Japan’s economy through a series of reforms known as Abenomics.
He has also worked to expand Japan’s military defenses to counter rising threats from China and North Korea.
“More recently, Abe has enjoyed a close relationship with President Trump, with whom he has played golf several times,” The Washington Post noted.