The Captial Press published an article (http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/Nation/20150904/japanese-group-sues-to-stop-tpp-talks) on September 4, 2015 which states that Masahiko Yamada, a former Japanese Agricultural Minister, along with a group of citizens sued the Japanese Government regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership which would violate the Japanese Constitution.
A 2005 pact between Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore, the TPP originally called for the 90 percent reduction of all tariffs by 2006. Tariffs were to decrease to zero by 2015. In the past few years, the U.S., Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam have been negotiating to join the TPP.
Yamada’s group states that the Japanese parliament is the highest organ of state power and shall be the sole lawmaking organ of the state and that the cabinet, upon concluding any treaty, must obtain the Parliament’s approval. The TPP forces participating countries to review all their laws to determine if they are consistent with the trade agreement and to revise them if they are not.
They also argue that consumers would be negatively affected by the trade pact, as it would do away with ingredient lists. This would cause problems for the 4.5 percent of Japanese children who suffer from allergies to dairy, wheat, peanuts or emulsifiers. Because of the TPP, sanitary standards may also be lowered.
Putting Japanese agriculture under pressure, the TPP also goes against constitutional guarantees of Japanese people’s right to a stable supply of food, as well as the right of agricultural workers to make their living through agriculture and dairy farming.
Will the people power pressurize the government to back out from the TPP deal? Or will the Japan government ignore the cry of their citizens and go ahead with this deal.