Live: Japan PM Shinzo Abe plans to resign over health concerns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference on Friday afternoon, where he addresses his health after he made two hospital visits within a week. The 65-year-old is known to suffer from ulcerative colitis. According to NHK, Abe is set to resign due to his worsening chronic illness.

Just on Monday, Abe, who has been Japan's prime minister for nearly eight consecutive years, became the country's longest-serving leader in terms of consecutive days in office.