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Farmers protest Japan’s push to join ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership’

Farmers from across Japan staged a protest in Tokyo on Tuesday over signs that the Japanese government will soon sign on to join negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership “free-trade” agreement with the U.S. and other nations.

Saying the TPP will only result in “a drastic agreement that will change the way the nation deals with food,” the farmers urged Japan’s leaders not to back the deal or join the talks.

Roughly four thousand people joined Japan’s Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Ja-Zenchu) and other groups linked to the farm and fish industries to express opposition to a deal they say will compromise the integrity of their livelihoods.

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