The Japanese government started negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement ("economic partnership agreement") with Vietnam in January 2007. As of September 2008, nine negotiating rounds had been held. The agreement was finally signed on 25 December 2008 and took effect in October 2009. Under this agreement, (as for the deals with Philippines and Indonesia), a limited number of Vietnamese nurses and healthcare workers who pass a Japanese language testwill be allowed to work in Japan, with the first workers expected to arrive in 2014.

last update: May 2012


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  • 20-Apr-2012 Japan to accept nurse candidates from Vietnam
    Japan has agreed to accept nurses and caregivers from Vietnam under a bilateral economic partnership agreement on condition that they pass a Japanese language test, officials said.
  • 19-Jan-2010 VN, Japan continue partnership talks
    Viet Nam and Japan have affirmed their determination to implement the Viet Nam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (VJEPA).
  • 4-Oct-2009 Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement comes into effect
    The Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (VJEPA) has come into official effect on October 1, thus import duty rates will be cut in accordance with the agreed roadmap.
  • 22-Apr-2009 Fibre to Fashion Vietnam ratifies FTA with Japan
    Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ratified a comprehensive free-trade agreement with Japan. It will take effect in July this year.
  • 19-Feb-2009 QDND Vietnam has plenty of opportunity to boost seafood exports to Japan
    Japan is intensifying the import of tuna and various kinds of fish from Vietnam. Since other aquiculture export markets are drying up, many Vietnamese businesses are shifting the focus onto Japan.
  • 25-Dec-2008 AFP Japan, Vietnam sign free trade pact
    Japan and Vietnam signed an economic partnership pact Thursday with a promise to cut tariffs on some 92 percent of goods and services traded between the two nations within a decade.
  • 21-Dec-2008 Vietnam Business News Japan to help Vietnam strengthen car, electronic parts industries
    According to JETRO, Japan will boost support to Vietnam next year, once the two governments sign an FTA, for the benefit of both Vietnamese and Japanese corporations
  • 29-Sep-2008 TMC Japan agrees on concluding FTAs with Vietnam, Switzerland
    Japan has struck separate basic deals with Vietnam and Switzerland to conclude bilateral free trade agreements after more than one year of negotiations, government officials said Monday.
  • 8-Sep-2008 Nhan Dan Japan expects EPA to be signed later this year
    A senior Japanese diplomat said he hoped that the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and Vietnam will be signed by the end of this year to pave the way for the two countries to boost their trade and investment.
  • 26-Aug-2008 Thanh Nien Vietnamese-Japanese free trade talks made ‘significant progress’
    Vietnam and Japan have reached agreements on several trade matters at the eighth round of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations recently concluded on August 22 in Japan.
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