(Tokyo Shimbun: February 10, 2015 – p. 3)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Seishiro Eto, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Headquarters for Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership, on Feb. 9 at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei]. During the meeting, Abe accepted a letter asking the government to abide by a Diet resolution seeking to protect five key agricultural products in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks. Abe remained noncommittal by saying: “We will respond appropriately.”
The request letter was signed jointly by Eto and Hiroshi Moriyama, chairman of the LDP’s committee on dealing with the TPP.
Eto also called on Abe to observe the LDP’s campaign pledge for the House of Representatives election that LDP and the government will pursue the best way to protect national interests.