Signing of the Japan-Portugal Memorandum of Cooperation Concerning Arrangements for Working Holidays
March 27, 2015
1. On March 27 in Tokyo, the “Memorandum of Cooperation between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Portugese Republic Concerning Arrangements for Working Holidays ” was signed by H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Azuma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Portugese Republic, and H.E. Mr. Francisco Xavier Esteves, Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic to Japan, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic.
2. In the Memorandum of Cooperation, the Government of Japan and the Government of the Potuguese Republic have shared the intention to implement domestic measures in order to permit the nationals of the sending country who possess valid visas to stay in the receiving country as participants of the arrangements for working holidays for a period of one year from the date of entry, and to allow them to engage in employment without a work permit as an incidental activity of their holidays for the purpose of supplementing their travel funds.
3. The arrangements for working holidays will start from July 1, 2015.
4. It is expected that the arrangements for working holidays will promote youth exchanges and mutual understanding, and further deepen the friendly relationship between the two countries.