Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his resignation on August 28 after seven years and eight months in office. Photo: DPAJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his resignation on August 28 after seven years and eight months in office. Photo: DPA
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his resignation on August 28 after seven years and eight months in office. Photo: DPA

What is ulcerative colitis, Shinzo Abe’s medical complaint that caused him to resign as Japan’s PM?

  • Abe is understood to have had the complaint from a very young age, though his symptoms have worsened considerably in recent months
  • The condition affects the large intestine and rectum, causing diarrhoea – often with blood or pus – abdominal pain, cramping, rectal pain and bleeding

Topic |   Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his resignation on August 28 after seven years and eight months in office. Photo: DPAJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his resignation on August 28 after seven years and eight months in office. Photo: DPA
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his resignation on August 28 after seven years and eight months in office. Photo: DPA
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