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Apr 19, 2013

[Mr. Ukeru Magosaki’s Point of View] Abe Administration Has Neither Will or Ability to Stick to Japan’s Claim

Readers of Shanti Phula’s blog must have already expected this move when the LDP was back in power.  Mr. Magosaki says, “I think the people who are deceived are greatly to be blamed.  The government that deceives the people is definitely bad but the people who are deceived are foolish.”
Hello, young people!  Next time you might be drafted for service.  Are you going to battle obediently?  If you don’t complain about it, it might be one of possible choices.

Masataoshi Takeshita
April 14, 2013

Protest marches against TPP by JA(Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) members

English translation of a Japanese article: “Honne Iimasse” (I‘ll deliver my true message) – April 14, 2013 -

Abe Administration Has Neither Will or Ability to Stick to Japan’s Claim

TPP vividly shows the fallacy of the Abe administration.
The Abe administration was established nominally with a slogan of anti-TPP.
More than 120 LDP members showed a tough stance against TPP in the election.

However, the opposition itself was totally fallacious.

In the House of Representative election, Mr. Abe had consistently pledged “The LDP would not participate in any negotiations based on the premise of abolition of tariffs without exceptions.”  He made a promise only so far.  Many Japanese people interpreted this to mean “He would protect sacred areas” but it’s a serf-serving interpretation.

However, Mr. Abe tactically directs the people to self-serving interpretation.
This usage of wording is the technique typical of the Japan’s bureaucracy.

Then Prime Minister Abe declared that the government would display its negotiating power.
On 15th, Prime Minister Abe held a press conference and officially pronounced that the country would participate in the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) negotiations.

He made his decision in the midst of the pros and cons of the problem.  His political skill of how to protect national interests will be called into question.
Prime Minister Abe said, “Now is our last chance.  Losing this opportunity would simply leave Japan out from the rule-making in the world,” “We would protect the areas we should protect and attack the areas we should attack, using every possible negotiating power.  I will pursue the best way to serve Japan’s national interests. Listening to his determination, you believe that he will do his best.

However, they are just words.  Then what happened?

“The government announced that Japan and the U.S. have reached an agreement on prior consultation paving the way for Japan to participate in TPP negotiations.
In prior consultation, Japan has made concession to the U.S. in the non-tariff measures-related areas of automobiles and insurances, which the U.S. took an aggressive stance on, as well as safety standards of food product and has decided to continue Japan-U.S. consultations in parallel with the TPP negotiations.”

The Asahi Shimbun {web} on 13th reports:
“The Abe administration, which aims to participate in the TPP negotiations in July has quickened an agreement, has made concessions to the U.S. on many areas including a focal issue of automobiles.  Japan is likely to be forced to pay high ‘admission fee’.”

The Nikkei Shimbun reports:
‘In order to participate in the TPP negotiations, Japan has been forced to pay admission fee to the U.S.
The Japan-U.S. agreement clearly reflects the demands of each sector in the U.S.
The U.S. automobile industry which opposes Japan’s participation has blatantly disclosed its protectionism, which is completely different to liberalism TPP aims for.
(The timing for phases-out of U.S. tariffs is maximally protracted.)

What is the response of the people who raised a slogan of anti-TPP?

As many as 120 LPD members should have been elected thanks to the slogan of anti-TPP they raised.
Do they still insist on the opposition to TPP?
How are the farmers who were placed at the vanguard of anti-TPP doing?
They seem to have made an about-face change of their attitude and sought for ways to get money from the government.

What about the Japan Medical Association?  The Association also seems to become silent.
I’m reading the Sankei Shimbun morning edition dated April 14 (14th version).
Almost no news on TPP has disappeared in the newspaper.

An article in the corner of a second-page titled “Japan-U.S. Agrees on TPP ‘Sense of Danger’” barely reports:

“On 13th, Mr. Goushi Hosono, Secretary General of Democratic Party of Japan, expressed concern about the prior consultation between the Japan and U.S. governments over Japan’s participation in the TPP negotiations, saying “I feel a great sense of danger.  Almost nothing about agriculture and nothing of medical services have been mentioned.”  He told about it in his address of a meeting held in Mito City.”

Was it expected how it would go like this?
Yes, highly expected.

Prime Minister Abe gained power by claiming “to strengthen the Japan-U.S. relationship.”

Nothing but TPP can show his strong determination.
It means that he has no choice but to swallow all demands of the U.S.
Follow up how the TPP has gone, you will understand it.
The government has consistently used lies and sophistry.
My opinion is that the people who are deceived are greatly to be blamed.
You can be wise enough not to be taken in by the government because a lot of information is available.
The people who want to be deceived: I’d like to think anew about it.

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