Beijing, August 18 (Xinhua) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (65) returned to his private home from Keio University Hospital in shinomimachi, Tokyo, on the evening of 17th, according to Kyodo news agency. In the face of media inquiries about his physical condition, he only responded by saying, “it’s hard for you all.”. According to the official residence, this is a “one-day physical examination” for the purpose of health management, which denies the view of health deterioration.
it is reported that Abe arrived at the hospital at about 10:30 a.m. local time on the 17th. The stay time is about 7.5 hours. He stopped handling official business from the 16th to the 18th, which is expected to be a summer retreat.
according to the official residence source, “because there is time all day in the working day, I have checked all aspects”, stressing that there is no physical problem. On the other hand, government officials pointed out that the response to the new outbreak has been long-term, “the prime minister can not recover his energy and is very tired.”.
Abe was elected the 21st president of the LDP on September 20, 2006, and succeeded Junichiro Koizumi on September 26 of the same year, becoming the first postwar born and youngest prime minister after the war. Although he resigned in less than a year, he was re elected Prime Minister of Japan in 2012 and has been re elected to this day.
on November 20, 2019, Abe’s cumulative number of days in office exceeded that of former Japanese Prime Minister, taro guitaro, becoming the longest serving prime minister in the history of Japanese Constitutional Government. By August 24, 2020, his consecutive term of office will surpass that of former Japanese Prime Minister yoshizo Sato, and Abe is expected to become the longest serving Japanese Prime Minister in all dynasties.