In an update to a story we ran earlier, An apologetic Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that he will step down after a record seven years and eight months as leader citing ill-health after a recurrence of ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. Jeff Kingston from Temple University in Tokyo said Abe’s legacy “will be rather limited”, however Al Jazeera reports that it wil trigger a leadership race in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, with whoever wns likely to keep Abe’s reflationary Abenomics policies as Japan struggles with the impact of the novel coronavirus.