JAPAN: Surprise hospital visit fuels speculation about Abe’s staying power

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid an unexpected visit to a hospital on 17 August, which was subsequently characterized as a follow-up for an earlier exam. Abe’s personal history – a chronic ailment contributed to his resignation from the premiership in 2007 – means that he faces a higher threshold to convince the public of his health. However, while the hospital visit could lead to more discussion of the possibility that Abe resigns, one lesson of 2007 is that Abe could be willing to endure significant hardship before consenting to leave office. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prompted
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