Signing of the Japan-Spain Working Holiday Agreement
April 5, 2017
1. On April 5, in Tokyo, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs signed the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Spain on a Working Holiday Scheme (English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF) / Japanese (PDF)), and with H.E. Mr. Alfonso Dastis, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, who is visiting Japan on the occasion of the State Visit to Japan by His Majesty the King Felipe VI and Her Majesty the Queen Letizia of Spain.
2. This Agreement establishes the legal framework to permit nationals of the sending country who possess valid visas to stay in the receiving country as a participant of the working holiday program to stay for a period of one year from the date of entry, and to allow them to engage in employment to the extent necessary and in accordance with the laws and regulations of the receiving country, for the purpose of supplementing their travel funds.
3. The Government of Japan and the Government of Spain will notify each other, in writing, that its internal procedures necessary for the entry into force of this Agreement have been completed, and the Agreement will enter into force on the 30th day after the date of receipt of the latter notification.
4. This Agreement is expected to promote youth exchanges and mutual understanding, and to further deepen the friendly relationship between the two countries.
(References) The Working Holiday Programmes in Japan
(1) A working holiday scheme is a scheme that is intended to offer young people from partner countries and regions an opportunity to learn about other cultures and ways of life, and promote mutual understanding. It allows young people from partner countries and regions who wish to enter a country on holiday to engage in employment as an incidental activity to supplement their funds for travel and living costs.
(2) Spain is the 18th country or region with which Japan has established a working holiday scheme.