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TOKYO, July 23, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, July 22, 2019. Abe said Monday that he will be more flexible for future debates in parliament on revising Japan's Constitution. n Abe made the remarks in a news conference a day after pro-amendment forces suffered a setback in failing to achieve a two-thirds majority in Sunday's upper house election. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi/IANS) by .
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi/IANS)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has planned to step down “because of health issues”, state-media reported on Friday.

According to a report in NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, Abe is scheduled to hold a news conference later in the day to provide further details of his decision.

The development comes after Abe’s visit to a Tokyo hospital twice over the past two weeks, fuelling speculation that his health has deteriorated.

This is the second time that the Prime Minister will step down from his post over a medical issue.

He resigned in 2007 because of an inflammatory bowel disease, after only serving a year in office.

He returned to the top job in 2012 after a landslide election win in the Lower House.

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