Abe bows out: Japanese PM bows as he quits due to ill health for a second time and apologises for failing to achieve his targets | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Abe bows out: Japanese PM bows as he quits due to ill health for a second time and apologises for failing to achieve his targets

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe bowed in apology today as he announced his resignation on health grounds after a record eight years in power.

Abe, 65, revealed he had suffered a relapse of a chronic bowel condition - saying he had 'lost a lot of my energy and strength' and would need regular medical treatment that would prevent him from tackling the coronavirus crisis.

'I have been struggling with my illness and I have to get treatment. Poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions,' he told a press conference, offering his 'sincere apology' for abandoning ship during the pandemic.

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