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Oct. 28, 2015

SPECIAL PROJECTS: PROFESSOR MASAYOSHI HONMA’S LECTURE ON TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) UNDER THE ABE ADMINISTRATION

Special projects: Professor Masayoshi Honma’s lecture on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under the Abe Administration

Japanese agricultural economist Dr. Masayoshi Honma is also professor of the graduate school of agricultural sciences from the University of Tokyo. He likewise serves as a consultant of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, especially on matters concerning agriculture and economic trade. His Professorial lectures at the COA and NTU focused on TPP, the new stage of Free Trade Agreement in this age of globalization. As more countries are getting into this partnership, everyone is curious on Japan’s role in this new economic trade. A major highlight of Professor Honma’s lecture is the question and answer portion wherein the distinguished Professor explained the details and implications of the TPP.

Major findings and recommendations:

  • The Abe administration illustrates a very revolutionized and sharp agricultural reform. The aggressive reforms are achievable only by non-conventional systems like agricultural markets made to compete with private enterprises;
  • The core of the TPP is the liberalization of capital, trade in goods and services. It is a negotiation mostly for business;
  • Japan is requesting to eliminate products like rice, barley and skimmed milk from the list of tariff abolition in the TPP negotiations;
  • The foundation of the Farmland consolidation bank is a kind of promotion of rental market for farmland. The bank consolidates the land collected and list some candidates for very large operations
  • Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture has three export strategies known as FBI. From Japan, By Japan and In Japan.
  • The Abe administration’s Regulatory Reforms in agriculture has three major points: first is the re-examination of the agricultural committee; second the agricultural production corporations are also related to agricultural laws and third, the reform of the agri -cooperatives known as JA-Zenchu, a three-tier system composed of economic transaction, the banking system or the JA bank and the insurance.
  • Japan is targeting to be a rice exporter in the future. It also hopes to develop its food clusters (patterned after the Netherland’s “food valley) composed of vegetables, fruits and livestock.

Professor Masayoshi Honma’s lecture on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under the Abe Administration

Held in Project type: Professorial Lecture

Dates and venue: 15-16 September 2014, Council of Agriculture (COA) and National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan

Participants: Researchers, students, scholars, faculty members, government employees from COA and NTU

       Co-organizers: COA and NTU

 

Professor Masayoshi Honma of the graduate school of agricultural sciences from the University of Tokyo eagerly talks about the Trans Pacific Partnership to employees of COA and other guests.

 

Employees of the Council of Agriculture, academicians and students comprise the audience who attended the lecture of Professor Honma.

 

In a welcome dinner held in his honor, Professor Masayoshi Honma (middle) shares a light moment with FFTC Director Yu-Tsai Huang (right) and Dr. Jen Eau Tin (left), Director of the Graduate Institute of Southeast Asian studies of Tamkang University.

 

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