Politics & International Relations 05

TOPIC

Should Japan participate in TPP?

Essay

◆ Pros
 Although some people are against Japan’s participation in TPP, I am for it for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that it will reduce the prices of foods. Free competition in foods industries will definitely lower the prices of foods. This reduction of the prices of foods is really helping for consumers especially in this one of the worst world economic recessions. Considering that many people say their living is hard, this will be a real benefit.
 The second reason is that it will enhance the economy. If the tax on exporting goods is lifted, Japan’s exporting businesses will more flourish, and consequently it will have a great influence on the economy. As the population of Japanese people has been decreasing rapidly, its domestic consumption has been reducing too. Taking this into consideration, there is no way for Japan but to expand its businesses more to the world.
 The third reason is that it will enhance the GDP. If Japan takes part in this free trades agreement, Japanese market will be more globalized and as a result it will improve the GDP.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned three reasons, I am for Japan’s participation in TPP.
(202 Words)

◆ Cons
 Although some people are for Japan’s participation in TPP, I am against it for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that it will lower the safety level of foods. As more foods are imported, the safety of them will massively decrease. Japan enjoys the highest foods safety and TPP threatens this. Low-quality unsafe imported products will spread and it will damage Japanese people’s health.
 The second reason is that it will lower self-sufficiency rate. The more Japanese consumption depends on imported goods, the lower its self-sufficiency rate will be, and consequently Japan will have to rely more on other countries, especially on the United States. This is a great disadvantage because it is really important for a country to be independent. TPP is for America to make more money at the sacrifice of Japan’s safety and economy and independence.
 The third reason is that the gap between the rich and the poor will be more broadened in terms of medicine. If Japanese medicine is capitalized, poor people cannot go to the doctors. This is not right. Japanese Constitution Article 25 stipulates that all the people have the right to enjoy good health. Hence, TPP is totally unconstitutional.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned three reasons, I am against Japan’s participation in TPP.
(217 Words)

Date:July 29, 2013

メモ

◆ トピック:日本はTPPに参加するべきか?

例によって、賛成派と反対派を書きました。

賛成派では、
「食料品の値段が下がる」
「経済効果が望める」
「GDPの増加」
の3つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「安く、安全性の低い食品が出回っていいのか?」
「貧しい人を犠牲にして、富裕層が得をするだけでは?」
「他国は、日本に輸入を増やし輸出を減らすように圧力をかけてくるだけで、GDPの増加は望めないのでは?」
などが考えられます。

反対派では、
「食品の安全性が下がる」
「自給自足率が下がる」
「医療において、経済格差が広がる」
の3つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「海外の食品が全て危険だとは限らないのでは?」
「政治や資本主義経済に見切りをつけて、自給自足的生活に切り替える人は増えるのでは?」
「国民保険さえ守れればいいのでは?お金目当てでない、人の命や健康を守る事が使命の、素晴らしい医師もたくさんいるので、そういった人達を、国の医師にすればいいのでは?」
などが考えられます。

参考URL
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%92%B0%E5%A4%AA%E5%B9%B3%E6%B4%8B%E6%88%A6%E7%95%A5%E7%9A%84%E7%B5%8C%E6%B8%88%E9%80%A3%E6%90%BA%E5%8D%94%E5%AE%9A