Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will return to work as his three-day summer break ends Tuesday, during which he remained in the capital and devoted one day to a hospital visit for what his aide called a regular health checkup. It became the first summer for Abe not to visit his support base of Yamaguchi Prefecture or his vacation home in Yamanashi Prefecture after he returned to power in 2012, following a short first stint in 2006 and 2007. Abe has told people around him that the virus has forced him to make changes to his routine summer visits, and he is unable to play golf, his hobby, either. Speculation about the 65-year-old's health condition has grown as he spent about 7½ hours at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo on Monday and a number of people close to him have expressed worries about his exhaustion from continuously working to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. "I believe the prime minister has worked restlessly and has overused his body," said Natsuo Yamaguchi, the leader of Komeito Party, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Aug-18-2020, 11:50:05 GMT