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Japan's struggle with the trans-Pacific free trade zone

November 14th, 2011 | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 1102 reads

One of the buzzwords in the Japanese news in recent weeks, TPP – The acronym stands for Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, in Japanese 环 太平洋 连 携 协定 (Kan-Taiheiyō Senryakuteki Keizai Renkei Kyōtei). No wonder, that the abbreviation also preferred.

Japan 2011: Hast Du Butter, You have friends

For years, there is a discussion on, whether to join the illustrious group: Currently include the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Chile and Vietnam to. And the discussion was conducted with verve on the one hand and vigorous skepticism on the other hand. Economically, Japan has always invested protectionist, particularly, As for agriculture. See here: TPP - Ende des horrenden Protektionismus?, written exactly one year ago on this blog.

Now, TPP is no free trade agreement in the true sense, but it is considered a milestone on the path to long between APEC countries discussed FTAAP – Free Trade Ara of the Asia Pacific. And that really would be a sensation in Japan and would certainly shake up a lot here. Even though the TPP would bring even the elimination of many import taxes to be.

South Korea is already one step ahead – the FTA with the United States has already negotiated, and it was mid-October 2011 ratified by the U.S. Government. Now it must be approved by the South Korean parliament only. In Korea, there have been several protests here (However, it is common practice in South Korea) - Especially on the part of farmers, who are concerned, harming soon Agarprodukte cheap American domestic agriculture. The concerns are the same in Japan, and even here the agricultural sector has already demonstrated strong (see here, including: Dairy Japan: 6,000 People demonstrate against TPP negotiations). No, that is not the typical Verwechsler between R and L: The name really “Dairy Japan”.

In the past week was about to decide now Prime Minister Noda. Then it was said, Tonight he will decide. Then the next day. Then he asked for another day to think about. Finally, let's decision not to delay longer, and he spoke in favor of accession negotiations. And although officially, at the APEC Conference. Nothing should come between them, would be 2012 Join and 2013 Negotiations have been completed fully. It will enter into force the Agreement 2014.

Negotiations for agreements to be interesting. Protectionists paint the devil on the already massive wall and talk about the demise of Japanese Agriculture. The voices of those, the FTA understand more of an opportunity, is still in the minority. Or they are in the primary sector may never reach the majority. As I write this article, I just read, but already the first denial: The U.S. State Department has announced, Japan would share in the negotiations on all products and services to the TPP negotiations. Now came the denial from Japan: That was never said.

You do not have Oracle, to see, what comes: Herumeierei, exactly as in Dispute over the American bases in Japan. Probably it will exclude agriculture, or at least part of it somehow. Or to break off negotiations.

Actually, the TPP would be very welcome. Why?

1. At the moment is here once again rationed butter, as already 3½ Years, as well “not enough milk could be produced”. The whole thing is utterly ridiculous. And since we hardly imported butter (Import duty on butter: 360%), throw the big dairies (which there are really only two: Morinaga & Yukijirushi Megmilk) silly as substitutes “Margarine, which tastes just like butter” usw. on the market. And when times get butter, you pay to be stupid and dumb. With the TPP, the Japanese were finally forced dairies, to lay the cards on the table and the amount not to keep artificially low, because that is exactly, or just what they. take many years.

2. Does the South Korean-US free trade agreement in force, would occur following: Ein Toyota, to be sold in South Korea, is from the Toyota plant in the U.S. shipped across the Pacific, because the import duties are lower than between Japan and South Korea. Ergo: Japanese companies would massively workplaces move abroad (they do now, due to the strong yen, But it would reinforce the trend).

3. Japan is already quite alone.
Japan needs free trade agreement, to continue in the future with its increasingly powerful neighbors, especially in China, to measure. China was not invited to the way TPP negotiations.