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Date : November 29, 2013

Notice (Press Briefing): How will Japan’s Agriculture be changed by Japan’s New Policy and TPP? (November 29, 2013)

post date : 2013.11.22

How will Japan's Agriculture be changed by Japan's New Policy and TPP?


Briefer: Dr. Kazuhito Yamashita, Research Director, The Canon Institute for Global Studies


Currently we see some important moves that will presumably affect Japanese agriculture. The government is reported to be compiling a new agricultural policy declaring the abolition of the rice paddy set-aside program in five years. In the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation, which, it is hoped, will be concluded by the end of this year, agriculture is also one of the major fields of controversy.


FPCJ will hold a press briefing, inviting Dr. Kazuhito Yamashita, Research Director of the Canon Institute for Global Studies. While he formerly served as Director of the GATT Division and Deputy Director-General of the Rural Development Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dr. Yamashita recently commented, "Toward the TPP conclusion, the rice paddy set-aside program should be abolished," and "Without negotiating for such free trade partnerships as TPP, Japan’s agriculture will have no choice but to be euthanized."


Date & Time: November 29 (Fri), 2013, 14:00-15:30


Place: Foreign Press Center/Japan (6th floor, Nippon Press Center Bldg)


Language: Japanese (with consecutive English interpretation)


Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also attend the briefing as observers (admission free).


*No car park is available. Please use a nearby car park if you come by car.

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