Japanese PM Hospitalized as Party Scrambles for Successor

Abe suffers 'exhaustion' after resigning

By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 13, 2007 8:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is in a Tokyo hospital battling stress and exhaustion a day after announcing his resignation. Abe is expected to be hospitalized for at least three or four days, while his scandal-plagued party fields a replacement and calls for a general election escalate. In his surprise announcement, Abe set no date for his departure.

"He is suffering from extreme exhaustion. He has lost weight. Symptoms include abdominal pain, digestion problems and lack of appetite," says a doctor at the Keio University Hospital where Abe is coalescing. The PM had been getting regular checkups from a personal doctor since returning from the APEC summit in Australia.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a leaders retreat...   (Getty Images (by Event))
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sits in the back seat of a car, as leaves his official residence in Tokyo Thursday morning, Sept. 13, 2007, heading for the Keio University Hospital. Abe was treated...   (Associated Press)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech...   (Getty Images)
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