Health Concerns Arise as Prime Minister Abe Visits Hospital

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visited a hospital in Tokyo recently, and the flood of rumors spreading about the condition of his health.

August 18, 2020

On Monday morning, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo entered Keio University hospital in Tokyo. A hospital official told reporters that his visit was a follow-up from a regular health check-up from June. However, that has not eased the flood of rumors spreading about the prime minister`s health. His recent lack of a proper summer holiday due to Tokyo Governor Koike`s attempts to lessen travel may start catching up with him.

Concerns over Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s health have been dismissed as rumors. Photo sourced from

At a recent assembly on August 9th for the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing, Minister Abe seemed to struggle with reading his prepared answers and spoke in a raspy voice. 

Other TV personalities have also pointed to the heavy criticism he and his party have recently been facing at one possibility for a decline in health. As it stands, Abe`s cabinet is sitting at a 54% disapproval rating, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. Heavy blame for how Corona is being handled, lack of proper rest, and record-breaking summer heat could be taking a toll. 

Abe formed his first cabinet as the Prime Minister in 2006, but he resigned in less than a year due to health concerns.
Image sourced from

In 2007, he was forced to resign due to chronic ulcerative colitis. If his condition were to worsen again, opposing parties would likely call his ability to lead into question. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga insists that the prime minister’s condition is fine in response to a rumor that he had coughed up blood in his office.

Japan Insider

Japan Insider is a Tokyo-based media platform that provides an up-to-date flow of unique news and cultural insights into what’s happening in Japan today.

More articles by Japan Insider

Related Articles


avatar for Christian DakinChristian Dakin

Christian Dakin is an editor, designer, and video game director currently based out of Tokyo, Japan. Origin...

avatar for Yasu MatsunoYasu Matsuno

Founder of Japan Insider. Japanese-born entrepreneur. Spent his life around the globe, including To...

avatar for Kevin MurasakiKevin Murasaki

Kevin Murasaki grew up moving back and forth between Chicago and Yokohama, Japan. Known as a "hafu", Kevi...

avatar for Mark KennedyMark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy is a native of Chicago who has spent more than 20 years living, studying, and working in Jap...