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Making Abenomics Work

Shinzo Abe is visiting Latin America to promote trade. He'd do more to strengthen Japan by concentrating on supply-side reform at home. 
Missing the target.
Missing the target.

In his quest for allies in Japan's rivalry with China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reached out to Southeast Asia, Australia, India and now Latin America, where he started a five-nation visit on Friday. He'd do more to strengthen Japan if he refocused his energies where they're most needed: at home.

Officials say Abe's trip is a chance to boost exports to the region, which Chinese President Xi Jinping also visited earlier this week. They could use a boost: Japanese exports shrank 2 percent in June from a year earlier.