TPP debate at Diet, DPJ crunchtime
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Posted 11/9/11
Heated debate on whether Japan should join the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks continued Wednesday in the Diet and within the Democratic Party of Japan as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda aimed to hammer out a decision before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit this weekend.

After several weeks of intense internal discussions, the DPJ's final meeting on the issue was scheduled for Wednesday evening. It was expected to wrap up by leaving the final decision with Noda.

Former farm minister Masahiko Yamada, who heads a group of lawmakers against the TPP, said in the morning he wouldn't give up the fight.

"We must stop (Japan from joining the TPP talks) at any cost," he said during a meeting with like-minded lawmakers.

Noda is expected to announce Thursday that Japan will participate in the talks, joining nine countries including the U.S. and Australia.

The free-trade framework has triggered harsh criticism among not only the opposition parties but also in the DPJ.

A nonpartisan group of lawmakers has begun collecting signatures to pass a Diet resolution opposing the government's intention to declare Japan's participation during the upcoming APEC summit. Even Shizuka Kamei, leader of DPJ coalition partner Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party), is against the TPP.


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I realize shinto-male pastes these wholesale, but there is troubling aspects of the TPP, namely in the area of Intellectual Property. As for Japan, it would affect the manga, anime, and cosplay industries. An excerpt from Wikipedia:


Ken Akamatsu, creator of Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima!, expressed concern the agreement could decimate the derivative dōjinshi (self-published) works prevalent in Japan. Akamatsu argues that the TPP "would destroy derivative dōjinshi. And as a result, the power of the entire manga industry would also diminish." Kensaku Fukui, a lawyer and a Nihon University professor, expressed concerns that the TPP could allow companies to restrict or stop imports and exports of intellectual property, such as licensed merchandise. For example, IP holders could restrict or stop importers from shipping merchandise such as DVD's and other related goods related to an anime or manga property into one country to protect local distribution of licensed merchandise already in the country via local licensors. At a NicoNico live seminar titled How Would TPP Change the Net and Copyrights? An In-Depth Examination: From Extending Copyright Terms to Changing the Law to Allow Unilateral Enforcement and Statutory Damages, artist Kazuhiko Hachiya warned that cosplay could also fall under the TPP, and such an agreement could give law enforcement officials broad interpretive authority in dictating how people could dress up. Critics also have derided the agreement could also harm Japanese culture, where some segments have developed thru parody works.
Posted 11/10/11
... Could anyone explain this for dummies like me?o.0 lol
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Posted 11/15/11

haikinka wrote:

... Could anyone explain this for dummies like me?o.0 lol


Basically, it's a free-trade agreement between partner countries. This means a significant decrease in tariffs (taxation) on goods and, supposedly, better trade relations, blah blah...

soldoutactivist's point has something to do with copyrights in the free-trade environment, and how a grey area can be called if certain things may be subject to sanction simply based on the grounds of copyright infringement. Basically, think of America messing around with what goes in and out of Japan. That's the simplest, but most inaccurate way to describe what's going on.
Posted 11/15/11

edsamac wrote:


haikinka wrote:

... Could anyone explain this for dummies like me?o.0 lol


Basically, it's a free-trade agreement between partner countries. This means a significant decrease in tariffs (taxation) on goods and, supposedly, better trade relations, blah blah...

soldoutactivist's point has something to do with copyrights in the free-trade environment, and how a grey area can be called if certain things may be subject to sanction simply based on the grounds of copyright infringement. Basically, think of America messing around with what goes in and out of Japan. That's the simplest, but most inaccurate way to describe what's going on.


Doesn't sound so bad o.0

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