No TPP Trade Deal? Some Japanese Farmers Say All the Better for Them

Julie Makinen
July 5, 2016
Los Angeles Times

“Rice farmer Takao Terada isn’t following the U.S. presidential election too closely. But there’s one issue that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seem to agree on — that the U.S. should not ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact — and that’s music to his ears.

‘We Japanese farmers can’t compete with the Americans. It costs us almost three times as much to produce rice,’ he said on Thursday, watching one of his eight workers sowing seedlings in a wet paddy here in Shizuoka prefecture, a two-hour train ride southwest of Tokyo. ‘TPP will drive down prices and allow in more imports, and that will be a big problem.’”

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Julie Makinen is a 2016 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.