Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to resign. This was announced on August 28 by the country’s public television.
It is noted that he made a decision due to the deteriorating health condition. Recently, he went to the hospital twice.
Abe is expected to announce his resignation at a special press conference later in the day. Other details are not provided.
Shinzo Abe is the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. He is the country’s prime minister for a second term since 2012. The first time was the chairman of the government from 2006 to 2007.
Abe, 65, is the youngest Japanese leader in history. He was born into a family famous in the political world. His grandfather Nobusuke Kishi was also the Japanese prime minister, and Abe Shintaro’s father was the country’s foreign minister.
Shinzo Abe began his political career in 1982, becoming the secretary of his father, then the head of the Foreign Ministry.
Following the results of World War II, Russia and Japan never signed a peace treaty due to Tokyo’s claims to the islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and a number of other territories of the Lesser Kuril ridge.
Japan continues to regard them as its “northern territories”, although as a result of the war they crossed over to the USSR. In 2018, the leaders of the two countries – Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe – resumed negotiations on the basis of the 1956 Soviet-Japanese declaration.