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LDP to name unseated ex-farm minister Nishikawa as TPP panel adviser

  • November 2, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 2:23 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to name former farm minister Koya Nishikawa as adviser to its panel tasked with examining the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact after he lost his seat in last month’s lower house election, a government source said Thursday.

 

The 74-year-old Nishikawa, an expert on farm policy, had worked as chairman of the panel, addressing concerns from farmers over the negative effects of the free trade deal, before losing his seat in the Oct. 22 House of Representatives election.

 

The Japanese government is currently seeking to put into effect the TPP and the Japan-European Union free trade treaty, both of which would leave farmers and dairy producers facing stiff competition with foreign products.

 

Japan and 10 remaining signatories to the TPP are currently stepping up efforts to implement the pact even though U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the world’s biggest economy out of the deal, while Japan and the European Union are also working on details after reaching a broad agreement on a free trade accord earlier this year.

 

The government is also considering appointing Nishikawa, a five-time lower house member who served as former agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister in 2014 and 2015, as a special adviser to the Cabinet.

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