Outgoing Japan PM Abe being examined by doctors

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TOKYO, Sep 13 (Reuters) Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being examined by doctors and depending on the result may be hospitalised, the top government spokesman said today, a day after the leader suddenly announced he would resign.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kaoru Yosano, announcing the health check at a regular briefing, declined to specify the medical problem.

Abe, who took office a year ago pledging to raise Japan's global security profile, said he was quitting in the hope that a new leader could resolve a deadlock over a naval mission supporting US-led operations in Afghanistan.

But senior officials cited health problems as one reason for his decision.

REUTERS SZ KP0813

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