(Nikkei: February 11, 2016 – p. 4)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided on Feb. 10 to choose former agriculture minister Koya Nishikawa as the chairman of a special committee that will be established in the House of Representatives to deliberate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact. The LDP has judged that he is suitable for the post because he currently serves as chairman of the LDP Research Commission on Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Strategy while also having the experience of joining the TPP talks. The LDP plans to appoint Takamori Yoshikawa, former state minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, as principal director in charge of coordination with opposition parties. The special committee will comprise 45 to 50 members.