Though the topic has been written, there is another side to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that is not being mentioned or if it is, being ignored, because, you have to specifically look for it, and that's Japan's role. Japan's partnership in the FTA and EPA is vital for the survival of the country.
Some view the TPP as a useful initiative that, when pursued in combination with other diplomatic initiatives, could do much to improve not only trans-Pacific trade relations but also help positively affect change in the perceptions of Asian states of the U.S. commitment to Asia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presence in and attention to the region, the U.S. decision to sign the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, and President Obama’s announcement of U.S. interest to engage on the TPP and other multilateral groupings in Asia have all helped to positively reshape regional perceptions of the United States’ posture in the region. During his speech in Tokyo in November 2009 President Obama highlighted his Asia-Pacific ties through his personal experience in Hawaii and Indonesia and stated “the Pacific rim has helped shape my view of the world.” In that speech he also reaffirmed the U.S. commitment “to strengthen old alliances and build new partnerships with the nations of this region.”17
Little did the Obama administration predict back in 2009, the disaster in Fukushima and the radioactive waste all over Japan would put a kink in trade relationship. As a matter of fact, there are car imports, as well as food still coming in from Japan. And.
Shows the radioactive fallout in both Santa Monica and Burbank. Meanwhile
Japan's reading is a lot lower. Why? Because according to whistleblowers in Japan, the readings are taken indoors. Why? So that trade through the FTA and EPA can continue.
There needs to be trade. Fair trade, but the items being traded should NOT be radioactive.
17) Remarks of President Obama at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2009.