Signing of the Japan-Sweden Working Holiday Agreement
August 26, 2019
1. On August 26th, in Tokyo, the Agreement Between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden Regarding Working Holiday Visas (English (PDF) / Swedish (PDF) / Japanese (PDF)) was signed by Mr. Kono Taro, Minister for Foreign Affairs and with Mr. Sven Östberg, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Embassy of Sweden in Japan.
2. This Agreement establishes the legal framework to permit nationals of the other country who possess valid visas as participants of the working holiday program to stay for a period of one year to engage in employment as an incidental activity of their holiday for the purpose of supplementing their travel funds.
3. The Government of Japan and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden 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 Program in Japan
(1) A working holiday program 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) Sweden is the 22nd country or region with which Japan has established a working holiday program.