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Apr 23, 2014

[Declaration of Act of Treachery] Prime Minister Abe Stresses Early Conclusion of TPP Negotiations at Lecture Presentation

Declaration of Act of Treachery!
Prime Minister Abe Stresses Early Conclusion of TPP Negotiations at Lecture Presentation

I supposed that the government would be forced to make such a compromise because a fixed schedule for Obama’s visit to Japan cannot be made.  This is the result as expected.  Mr. Amaki has mentionedfor a long time that Japan would make any compromise to have Obama visit Japan in this manner.  That’s quite right.  We might say that this has confirmed that Prime Minister Abe is a downright traitor.

Masatoshi Takeshita
April 18, 2014


English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Blog to Seek Truth – April 17, 2014 –


Editor's Note)
Just reading red letters made by Mr. Masatoshi Takeshita,  you may grasp the essentials of the article.
Prime Minister Abe stressed early conclusion and compromise of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement in a meeting presentation held in Tokyo.  In the presentation held this month, the prime minister said: “Although it is important to stick to figures, we would like to aim to reach the agreement by getting final results from a lofty perspective” and expressed his intention of early conclusion of TPP negotiations.  He also told that “we would like to announce the bilateral agreement on TPP in a Japan and U.S. summit meeting slated for April 24.  We might say that TPP negotiations has finally entered a crucial phase.

Although Japan and the U.S. are making secret negotiations on TPP, both countries remain as far apart as ever.  However, since Japan has recently shown move to compromise, it would be a great disadvantage to Japan the way things stand.  The U.S. side cannot immediately make an official conclusion of TPP agreement because it failed to deliberate a bill to give to the president the authority to trade with other countries “TPA” (Trade Promotion Authority).  However, we have to say alert because there is a possibility that the U.S. will approve TPA , utilizing the bilateral agreement as a present.

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English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: BLOG OF AMAKI NAOTO – April 18, 2014 –

Major Newspapers Report Common Ground in TPP Negotiations between Japan and U.S.

Today on April 18, the Yomiuri, Asahi and Mainichi newspapers gave a great deal of space.  In the Japan and U.S. conference on TPP, Japan and the U.S. will largely agree to impose a ceiling on customs-free import of U.S.-produced rice due to preferential treatment, in exchange of defending high tariffs of Japan’s rice at all cost.

Since major newspapers reported this all together, this would probably become common ground in TPP negotiations between the two countries.  This is the outcome of TPP negotiation we have made so much fuss over for the past year.  It is a thank-you present given to Obama who will visit Japan.

Even so, I am amazed at the Japanese government’s inclination to give special treatment to the U.S. and obey it by distorting international rules this much.  How should we understand the political power of agricultural corporations and lawmakers representing the interests of agriculture and fishery industries, which transform high tariffs of rice into a sacred cow?  Japan would be forced to compromise in every aspect in exchange of defending high tariffs of Japan’s rice at all cost.  As a result, TPP would have Japan increasingly change.

And yet, Japan would say that TPP is important and insist that conclusion of the bilateral agreement was good for Japan.  That is all the government can say.  The Japanese government has it coming and it blows its own trumpet.  However, it is unbearable for the Japanese people





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