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Going ballistic - a major test for Abe's successor

Japan, which faces growing missile threats from North Korea and China, will have to decide if it will acquire offensive capabilities in response

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who leaves office this week, has failed to make good on many of his promises.

He vowed to revive his country's economy; for a while, "Abenomics" was quite a global trend, with some touting it as a new management philosophy. Yet, last year, Japan's gross domestic product stood at 553 trillion yen (S$7 trillion), well below the 600 trillion yen economy that Mr Abe promised to achieve by last year under his "Japan Revitalisation Plan".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2020, with the headline 'Going ballistic - a major test for Abe's successor'. Print Edition | Subscribe