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  • Reply to: TPP opinion   4 years 9 months ago

    HI I don't know (;))

    Your paper was really interesting to read. You said that 14.8% of the people living in poverty would profit from the TPP, but that the small farmers would suffer from it. I think most people in poverty living in developing countries are people who couldn't succeed with their farming and were not able to get a good education because of the lack of money and the need to work even as a child to support the family. I think the TPP will only result in more people being poor, as if the small farmers are getting pushed out of the market by foreign goods, how will the people in poverty get a job to pay for the cheap food?

    I agree with you about the environment, there should be an agreement to do the transport as green as possible, actually ot only for the TPP but in general, still, I believe the main focus for these politicians will be how to make the most money, no matter whether everything around us is telling us, that we are wrecking our environment.

    I think you are right with the protection of jobs and environment, but I think the first step that would ease the public's mind would be for the contract to be shown to the world. There is so little information about it and it is not sure how reliable they are. The US and other nations are supposed to have a democracy, but a secretly made contract affecting so many people can hardly be called democratic. In an newspaper article it was said that the US is part of the TPP because China is economically raising. Do you believe so, too?

  • Reply to: Trans Pacific Partner’s agreement   4 years 9 months ago

    I agree with you that it is important to discuss and that those meetings are certainly not easy. However, these politicians are not showing any information with the public, so it will be difficult to say how it will turn out. Most politicians will probably just try to get the economically best contract for their country. I also have still to learn a lot about the TPP and will try to follow the news.

  • Reply to: Trans Pacific Partner’s agreement   4 years 9 months ago

    I might have not expressed myself so clearly, but I don't think very well of the TPP. I think as they don't show the public what the TPP exactly is, it makes me think that not much good will come out of it. Even if I tried to find some good aspects in it, the secrecy with which they decide over the heads of thousands of people, who will be affected by this contract the most, makes me uncomfortable and also a bit angry. We only know little of it, as someone was able to leak some information about it. My paper doesn't show anything useful, it is just a collection of the bits and pieces from newspapers, so the best way to learn about it, is to follow the news I guess. As for Japan, there will be positive and negative effects like in the other countries, but as far as I have learnt, it will mostly be the already rich people who will profit and if wildlife and environment was their concern, they could do a separate agreement. For example the way that many countries are still not willing to reduce their CO2 exhaust into the air lets me doubt whether this part of the contract will be making any changes.

  • Reply to: Neo-liberalism and the TPP   4 years 9 months ago

    I still don’t have good English skills, so it was very difficult to understand. However, I know what you are telling readers. Japan already participated in TPP. Many Japanese famers against to join it, but the government didn’t listened to them. In my opinion, I think the government should hear the opinions of citizens. Imported food is cheap, but I think maybe it’s dangerous, because probably there are contaminants mixed in food.

  • Reply to: Refugees’ problem   4 years 9 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. You said that “We think that they have people in there that will turn to terrorists once they come in the country and that is why people do not tend to accept the fact that people want to come in the country with open arms.” I agree with your opinion. If my country accept many refugees from Syria, I’m scared of the refugees because of the reason.

  • Reply to: Refugees’ problem   4 years 9 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. I didn’t know much about Canada, so of course I didn’t know that Canada has two official languages. I think the law is very unique. I have never learned French, so I don’t know how difficult to study it. However, I think many refugees will study it if they are accepted to settle in Quebec. I think maybe your country is the best place for refugees. Thank you for your suggestion. I will read the two articles.

  • Reply to: Refugees’ problem   4 years 9 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. It was very difficult for me to research this topic and to tell my opinion for it. I was worried about my English, but it seems that you are understanding what I want to say. That’s why I’m really happy. I didn’t know that Canada will experience a great boost of Syrian refugees this year. I think Canada is the best country for refugees.

  • Reply to: Global Trade and the TPP from an American Perspective   4 years 9 months ago

    Hi lpierce, this is Shiina. I'm a student of University in Japan, and I'm learning English now.
    BTW I read your paper, and your ideal world is pretty interesting for me. I'm going to go to America on this February, so it is good to listen to American something opinion. Thank you.

  • Reply to: The problems of refugees   4 years 9 months ago

    Hello, Ben Maksym! Thank you for your comment.
    7586 refugees applied for recognition of refugee status, but only 27 people were authorized in last year. The reason why they choose Japan is that Japan is a safe country. There are 6 Afghans, 3 Syrian, 3 Ethiopians, and refugees from other countries are included in it. America and other countries accept lots of refugees. I think Japan also should accept more refugees, even though it is difficult.

  • Reply to: How will TPP change Japan?   4 years 9 months ago

    Hello, gfastie! Thank you for your comment.
    Actually, I have never thought about US imperialism.
    I think it is one of factors, too. I don’t know about economic in detail, but it is fact that Japan is certainly at disadvantage. It is very difficult problem for Japan.
    I hope Japan will be able to get along with US…