Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to resign, source says

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe attends a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to resign, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Public broadcaster NHK earlier said Abe, who has battled the disease ulcerative colitis for years, wanted to avoid causing problems for the government due to the worsening of his condition.

Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto; Editing by David Dolan and Clarence Fernandez