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Abe returns to hospital on day he becomes Japan's longest-serving PM

Tokyo, August 24, AZERTAC

On the day he became Japan's longest-serving prime minister in terms of consecutive days in office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revisited Monday a Tokyo hospital where a week ago he underwent what an aide called "a regular health checkup", according to Kyodo News.

Abe, 65, said he went to Keio University Hospital to be informed about his previous checkup results and undergo additional tests, a government official said.

Reiterating his determination to keep working as the nation's leader amid speculation about his health, he also thanked the Japanese people for giving him strong support in elections in remarks to reporters following the four-hour visit.

"Politics is not about how many days one has stayed in office, but what one has accomplished," said Abe, who marked 2,799 uninterrupted days as premier, breaking the previous record held by his great-uncle Eisaku Sato. "I have fully devoted myself every day to realizing the pledges I have made to the people."

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