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Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe taken to hospital ‘for check-up’

Aides insisted it it was regular check-up for the premier.

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A car, left, carrying Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, arrives at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo (AP)

A car, left, carrying Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, arrives at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo (AP)

A car, left, carrying Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, arrives at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo (AP)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe went to a hospital for what Japanese media said was a regular health check-up, although the visit generated renewed worries about his health.

Videos of Mr Abe being driven in a car to Keio University Hospital in Tokyo on Monday were widely shown on Japanese TV news reports.

Public broadcaster NHK TV later showed him leaving the hospital.

The prime minister’s office declined to comment on the hospital visit, saying it was not on his official schedule.

Mr Abe has been on a summer break recently, as has much of Japan.

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Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

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Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

A governing party politician, Akira Amari, remarked on television over the weekend that Mr Abe feels guilty about taking time off but needs rest.

Mr Abe, 65, has had health concerns before.

He stepped down in 2007 during an earlier stint as prime minister, citing health problems.

Kyodo News said the visit was part of a regular checkup Mr Abe gets about twice a year.

Although Mr Abe sometimes goes to his summer home in the countryside about this time of year, he has stayed in Tokyo amid widespread concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kyodo.

Mr Abe is the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

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