More than 100 lawmakers oppose Japan's participation in TPP
A group of more than 100 lawmakers adopted a resolution on Friday, opposing Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks.
The ruling Democratic Party of Japan has said that it plans to make a decision on joining the TPP discussions by the Nov 12-13 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), meeting in Honolulu.
The group of 110 lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition parties, includes former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, and Shizuka Kamei, head of the People’s New Party, the coalition partner of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, and is led by former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Masahiko Yamada, Jiji Press reported.
Yamada told a news conference that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda does not understand how the TPP would adversely affect Japanese agriculture.