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FTSE 100 LIVE: Japanese stocks PLUMMET with Prime Minister set to resign over health fears

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to resign after eight years as leader due to ill-health, prompting concerns from investors about Japanese monetary programmes. 

Concerns about his health grew after he went to hospital twice in one week.

Officials from the governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP) tried to quash speculation that the Prime Minister may be unable to serve out the rest of his term, due to end in September 2021.

Following the announcement, Japan’s stock market fell and the yen strengthened.

Tokyo’s Topix index reversed gains of more than one percent to be down as much as 1.5 percent in afternoon trading on Friday.

The prospect of Mr Abe’s resignation has prompted concerns among investors that his signature monetary and fiscal policy programme, Abenomics, might end with his departure.

Nicholas Smith, Japan equity strategist at CLSA said: “This is probably not a good thing at all. We could have a full clear-out of people in charge.

“That could leave us with someone in charge who doesn’t have the grip Abe did and cannot hold things together to maintain the momentum on the issues the market sees as important.”

He added that the market would probably react badly to any return to “revolving door” Japanese politics — in the two decades before Mr Abe took power in late 2012, Prime Ministers changed at a rate of once every 17 months.

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8.45am update: Japanese stocks fall with Prime Minister set to resign over health fears

Japanese stocks have fallen with the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to resign over health fears. 

Japan’s stock market fell and the yen strengthened, with Tokyo’s Topix index reversed gains of more than one percent to be down as much as 1.5 percent in afternoon trading on Friday.

The prospect of Mr Abe’s resignation has prompted concerns among investors that his signature monetary and fiscal policy programme, Abenomics, might end after he leaves office.

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