Abenomics describes the plans of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revive growth in the world’s third largest economy, which is struggling to find traction under the impact of a strong yen and stubborn deflation. 

Shinzo Abe, already a popular leader, sought a mandate for boosting Japan’s military and political self-reliance. Photo: AP

The hidden agenda behind Japan’s Abenomics

Almost four years after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched “Abenomics” to revitalise the country after 20 years of economic stagnation, most have judged it a dismal failure. But to dismiss Abenomics out of hand would be to misread Abe’s true objectives.