For health reasons Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation.

This development was disclosed by officials from his party, BBC reports.

On the health issue he is battling with, it was reported that he has been suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis- but his condition is thought to have worsened recently.

According to Public broadcaster NHK, another reason for this development is because the 65-year-old wanted to avoid causing problems for his government.

Mr Abe, whose current period in office began in 2012, achieved the feat of becoming Japan’s longest serving prime minister Last year.

Although, he will not step down on Friday but continue to serve until a successor is selected by his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Because of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition affecting the large intestine, that he has lived with since he was a teenager,he resigned abruptly from an earlier term as prime minister in 2007.

On other feats he has achieved so far in office, Mr Abe is a staunch conservative and nationalist, and for stimulating growth with his aggressive economic policy known as “Abenomics”.