about TPP

by 005 Yohei on December 17, 2015 - 2:00am

Thinking about TPP

              This “Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement” will become an important agreement for the countries which will participate. This agreement will decide rules, laws, the taxes and many other things for the countries. But this might be a negative effect against Japan and also for other countries too. Today I want to write about how it will give good and bad effect to Japan and other countries.

              The basic rule of the TPP is to eliminate the tariffs, and to unification the rule of service and criteria. If there aren’t any tariffs many products will be able to import and export easier than now. Also the service and the rule’s unification makes punishment easier too. Investments’ rule changes as well. The food related products that were announced by the Japanese government are Rice, meat, fish, dairy products, wheat and alcohol. The tariffs will not be eliminated soon, though a few years later all of the tariffs of these products will be.

              My opinion about TPP is that the “main” country is deciding about everything. I feel Japan is only following the orders to establish Japan’s expectation. I can understand that it’s important to listen to other countries’ opinions, but in the same time we should appeal. But this agreement maybe have more merits than demerits. It depends how the government will succeed in the agreement. Also the media should announce about the agreements more often. For my opinion people’s recognition about TPP is lower than other news. To know about the TPP, we can know about our future. TPP is connected to our life and all of it is established by the government. I don’t know how the recognition is in other countries, but the mass media needs to announce and notice the citizens that there is a remarkable change in their life.


Who do you think the "main" country is?

I think the main country will be the U.S. because it has a voice against other countries. Like Japan which exports cars and other things, elimination of tariffs might be a positive effect, although Japan's agriculture might take a damage. Japan's food self-sufficiency rate is low and some other countries might be in the same situation, so I think the country that can be called the main is the country that has voice to other countries.

Hey Yohei,
I really liked your article and I think you bring up some great points. Specifically, I believe that you have a great point about the trans-pacific partnership. I have a question regarding ethics: Do you believe that we should prioritize industry and economic prosperity over humanitarian rights? I ask this knowing what the surge in outsourcing can do to the populations of countries without sufficient labor laws.

Thank you for your comment and a question. To be honest I'm embarrassed that I didn't have any question like that to the trans-pacific partnership. I think that companies have to prioritize humanitarian rights over prosperity, or to make it in a balanced condition. Companies should produce products by hiring adults, not by using children even the salary will cost more. But if the product is really good, it will be bought by the people who can find value on them.

I read your essay which wrote about importance of TPP. TPP is very big problems. In Japan almost all farmers are anxious about this issue. In Japan a lot of news program broadcasted about TPP. You said to know about the TPP, we can know about our future. This sentence is so good. I want to know about the TPP to know about my future. I could learned a lot of things from your essay. Honestly, I’m not curious about TPP, this essay conclude good things for me.

Your article is very easy to understand TPP. I didn’t know about TPP in detail, I knew just name. However after reading yours, I could get little information. I think TPP has really good points, but it has some bad points too. However like me, many Japanese don’t know about TPP. So I agree with your opinion that the media should announce about the agreements more often to know about TPP more and more.

About the author

I live in Kobe in Hyogo in Japan. Kobe is famous for Kobe-Beef.
I'm a student at Kansai University of International Studies.
My hobby is to play video games.