Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

On April 20 at Tedako Hall in Urasoe, the participants shouted “Ganbaro”three times to protest against the Japanese government's participation in the TPP talks.

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 20, the “Protest rally against Japan’s participation in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) was held at Tedako Hall in Urasoe in order to protect food, agriculture and people’s livelihoods in Okinawa.

According to the organizers, the Okinawa branch of the Food, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Forum, 1000 protesters participated in the rally, including people involved in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, freight companies and healthcare practitioners.

A representative of the rally pointed out that Japan’s participation in TPP could lead to the elimination of tariffs and the abolition of regulations for medical care, finance and public projects as well as undesirable amendments to these, which could have a great impact on the lives of people in Okinawa and its remote islands. The rally adopted a resolution strongly opposing Japan’s participation in the TPP talks without national debate.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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