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Gov’t to set up special committee for TPP deliberations

  • 2016-03-08 15:00:00
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun
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(Kanagawa Shimbun: March 7, 2016 – p. 2)

 

 With the fiscal 2016 budget certain to be passed by the end of this month, the ruling parties plan to officially propose within this week that a special committee to deliberate bills related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact be set up in the Lower House. The government seeks to win Diet approval of a bill to ratify the trade deal by mid-May and to enact related bills [by the end of the current Diet session]. The opposition parties, however, will challenge the government by arguing that Japan’s five key trade sensitivities, including rice and beef, are not adequately protected. Debate will heat up toward the second half of the Diet session.

 

 On Mar. 8, the government will hold a cabinet meeting to approve bills that call for subsidizing livestock farmers and extending the protection period of copyrighted material and will submit the bills to the Diet. It aims to set up the special committee by the middle of this month and explain the bills ahead of schedule. The government hopes to lay the groundwork so that Diet deliberations can begin in earnest as soon as the budget is enacted.

 

 The opposition parties will demand the government disclose information on the TPP negotiation process among the 12 participating countries and will question the validity of the [government’s] estimates of the TPP’s economic impact. (Abridged)

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