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The First Round of Negotiations for a Social Security Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Finland

July 14, 2017

1. The first round of negotiations for a social security agreement between Japan and the Republic of Finland will start from July 17, 2017 in Helsinki.

2. This round will be attended on the Japanese side by Mr.Yuji Amamiya, Negotiator for Treaties, European Policy Division, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. On the Finnish side, it will be attended by Ms. Essi Rentola, Director of Insurance Department, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and officials of the Government of Finland.

3. Employees sent from Japan to Finland as well as those sent from Finland to Japan are currently obliged to affiliate to the social security systems of both countries thus causing duplicable payments of social security contribution which impose a large economic burden on both individuals and corporations. It is expected that the conclusion of an agreement between Japan and Finland on social security will solve such problem through reducing the burden imposed on the individuals and corporations, and further promote human and economic exchanges between the two countries.

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