Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will resign because of ill-health, public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday, as Abe prepared to hold a news conference on Friday afternoon in which he was expected to address concerns about his health after two recent hospital visits. Al Jazeera reports that on Monday Abe marked eight years in office and became Japan’s longest-serving leader, and while ruling party officials have said Abe’s health is fine, the hospital visits, one lasting more than seven and a half hours, have fuelled rumours about his ability to handle the job with another year before his term is due to expire.