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“Joining the TPP is based on a farsighted policy,” Abe told a select group of Cabinet ministers on April 12. “We have to fight to protect our national interests from now.”
Japan could lose much, gain little from joining TPP, Asashi, April 13, 2013
Ken Akamatsu, creator of Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima!, expressed concern the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade) agreement could decimate the derivative doujinshi works prevalent in Japan. Akamatsu argues that the TPP “would destroy derivative doujinshi. And as a result, the power of the entire manga industry would also diminish.” Kensaku Fukui, a lawyer and a Nihon University professor, expressed concerns that the TPP could allow companies to restrict or stop imports and exports of intellectual property, such as licensed merchandise. For example, IP holders could restrict or stop importers from shipping merchandise such as DVDs and other related goods related to an anime or manga property into one country to protect local distribution of licensed merchandise already in the country via local licensors.
At a NicoNico live seminar called How Would TPP Change the Net and Copyrights? An In-Depth Examination: From Extending Copyright Terms to Changing the Law to Allow Unilateral Enforcement and Statutory Damages(果たしてTPPは、ネットと著作権をどう変える可能性があるのか？), artist Kazuhiko Hachiya warned that cosplay could also fall under the TPP, and such an agreement could give law enforcement officials broad interpretive authority in dictating how people could dress up. Critics also have derided the agreement could also harm Japanese culture, where some segments have developed through parody works.