(Tokyo Shimbun: November 19, 2015 – p. 6)
Following is the gist of the TPP measures compiled by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Nov. 18:
· The TPP could become a great opportunity for expanding business and employment, particularly in rural areas and for mid-ranking companies and small and mid-size enterprises.
· Japan should aim at becoming a “new exporting country” that actively makes inroads into overseas markets not only for industrial products, but also for agricultural and food products, as well as contents and services.
· There is still serious concern among producers with regard to the outcome of the tariff talks on agricultural, forestry, and fisheries products. It is necessary to take measures to enable producers in these sectors to remain motivated and continue their production activities in the future.
Support for overseas ventures
· Provide detailed information, such as by publishing guidebooks on expanding business under the TPP or developing guidelines on procedures for obtaining country-of-origin certification.
· Provide comprehensive support, such as in marketing, to companies exploring overseas markets or expanding business abroad.
· Step up exports of infrastructure systems by expediting yen loan procedures and through leader-level marketing. Promote international projects in environmental technology, such as waste disposal, water treatment, and other technologies.
Economic and regional revitalization
· Attract foreign investments, such as by wooing the R&D divisions and other high value-added sections of foreign companies.
· Improve immigration control systems in order to promote the entry of foreign business officials.
· Mobilize regional resources to expand overseas ventures. Increase tourism demand in the regions by advertising Japan’s attractions internationally.
Agriculture, forestry, fisheries
· Promote systems for human resources development in agriculture and cultivation of name-brand varieties. Set numerical targets to ensure results and review such targets constantly.
· Shorten the storage period of government rice reserves from five to three years and increase rice purchases to prevent the increase in imported rice from impacting demand and supply of domestic rice.
· Increase loss compensation for cattle and pig farmers from 80% to 90% to ensure their stable income.
· Add fresh cream and other liquid dairy products to the government’s subsidy system for milk used for processing.
· Although tariffs on wheat, beef, and other products will be reduced, the existing budget for agriculture, forestry, and fisheries should not be cut, in order to secure adequate funding for TPP-related agricultural policies.
· Put in place mechanisms for flexible execution, such as funds, to enable the responsive implementation of necessary measures.
· Promote aggressive agriculture, forestry, and fisheries by expanding exports and removing factors impeding exports.
· Provide meticulous explanations to eliminate the misconception that the TPP will compromise food safety. Consider expanding country-of-origin labeling requirements for food ingredients, in order to encourage consumption of domestic agricultural products.
· Take necessary measures to protect copyright, such as by waiving the requirement for victims to file complaints on copyright violation in certain cases and extending the protection period, while also paying attention to impact on derivative creative work.