New Delhi: Amid growing speculations about his ill-health, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was rushed to Keio University Hospital in Tokyo on Monday. Sources close to the leader have termed the visit a routine health checkup and said that the PM will return to home later in the day.Also Read - Breaking: 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Tokyo, Tremors Felt Across Japan

Abe’s visit to the hospital came a day after former Economy Minister Akira Amari told a TV program that the Prime minister needs to rest, hinting that he may be suffering from exhaustion. Also Read - Quad Countries Have Common Vision For Future, Working Together To Take On Key Challenges: US President Joe Biden

Earlier the month, Japan’s top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, downplayed any potential health issues Abe may be going through. “I see the prime minister every day, and I think he has no health problems at all as he has been carrying out his duties smoothly.” Also Read - Here's Why Quad Summit Is Crucial And What World Can Expect Of It

During his first tenure as prime minister, Abe abruptly stepped down from his post in 2007 due to chronic ulcerative colitis, an intestinal disease.