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Hokkaido Farmers’ Union passes special resolution seeking to stop TPP ratification

  • 2016-02-18 15:00:00
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(Tokachi Mainichi Shimbun: February 17, 2016 – p. 2)

 

 By Keiji Michishita

 

 Sapporo – At its 43rd regular general meeting held on Feb. 15–16 at Sapporo Sun Plaza, the Hokkaido Farmers’ Union (chairperson: Sumio Ishikawa) adopted a special resolution seeking to stop the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

 

 The national government estimates that the value of agricultural and fisheries production will decrease by 130 billion to 210 billion yen with the TPP, and the resolution calls the figure an “underestimation.” The resolution adamantly opposes the ratification of the TPP, saying that “the treaty is extremely dangerous and could lead to agriculture and agricultural villages losing their multifunctionality, including their roles in Japan’s food self-sufficiency and the protection of the national land and environment.”

 

 In the election of officers of the Hokkaido Farmers’ Union, Sumio Ishikawa was reappointed as chairperson.

 

 The new officers of the Hokkaido Farmers’ Union are as follows (honorifics omitted):

 

· Chairperson: Sumio Ishikawa (Sorachi; reelected)

 

· Vice-chairpersons: Masayuki Nishihara (Tokachi; reelected) and Tamotsu Endo (Kitami; newly elected)

 

· Secretary-general: Tadaaki Yamai (Kamikawa; reelected)

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