The Mainich reports that over 1,000 Japanese citizens are suing the Japanese government to halt involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership:
More than 1,000 people filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government Friday seeking to halt its involvement in the 12-country talks for a Pacific Rim free trade agreement as “unconstitutional.”
A total of 1,063 plaintiffs, including eight lawmakers, claimed in the case brought to the Tokyo District Court that the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact would undermine their basic human rights such as the right to live and know that are guaranteed under the Constitution.
The envisaged pact would not only benefit big corporations but jeopardize the country’s food safety and medical systems and destroy the domestic farm sector, according to their written complaint.
The U.S.-led TPP is aimed at setting new terms for trade and investment among the 12 countries bordering the Pacific, accounting for some 40 percent of global gross domestic product. Advocates have said the far-flung trade deal would boost economic growth and create new jobs.
The plaintiffs said, however, the TPP would change a number of rules and regulations concerning people’s lives “for the sake of the freedom and profits of global corporations.”
In my admittedly anecdotal experience, I have yet to meet a single Japanese citizen who has proclaimed any positive attitude towards the TPP. Everyone I have spoken to about the TPP expressed concerns over the potential for medical care, prescription medication, and agricultural products to dramatically increase in price. Nobody in Japan wants to see these things become more expensive than they are already.
Very few people realize the intellectual property aspect of the TPP is quite possibly the so-called trojan horse. This is the part that scares me the most.
Since the text of agreement is currently considered secret, it is no wonder Japanese citizens affected by this agreement are worried. Without the ability to read the details so they can hold their government accountable, the TPP just reeks of backroom political deals and outright corruption.
If this deal was beneficial for all parties involved there would be no reason to hide it from public consumption.
Smoke and mirrors.