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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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Vietnam, Japan continue negotiations on economic partnership pact
Vietnam says Japan should take into consideration the disparity in development levels between the two countries in the negotiations.
Vietnam : EPA talks hang in balance
Garment and textile manufacturers in Vietnam have shown their disapproval of Japan’s desire to impose origin regulations under the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations which began in January this year.
Marching towards Vietnam-Japan FTA
Vietnamese Minister of Trade Truong Dinh Tuyen talks about the possible impact of the Vietnam-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Vietnam, Japan move closer to economic deal: official
A bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA) between Vietnam and Japan is likely by year-end since recent negotiations between the two nations ended positively, Vietnam’s commercial counselor in Tokyo said.
More Japanese investors eye Vietnam
Many of the over 170 Japanese businesses present at a June 7 workshop in Tokyo on the Vietnam investment climate have spoken of their possible projects in the Southeast Asian market.
Vietnam, Japan to continue free trade talks
The second round of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) featuring a free trade agreement between Vietnam and Japan will be held in Hanoi on March 26-27.
Japan, Vietnam kick off FTA talks
Japan and Vietnam began free trade talks in Tokyo, an official said Tuesday, following an agreement last year between the leaders of the two countries.
Great leap in Japanese investment in Vietnam forecast
Vietnam and Japan have had an agreement on investment liberalisation and protection which works as the foundation for attracting and creating open environment for investment. The economic partnership agreement will further focus on trade: commodity trade, service trade and intellectual property protection.
Japan, Vietnam to launch EPA talks in January 2007
The Japanese government plans to launch talks with Vietnam in January 2007 on concluding a bilateral economic partnership agreement featuring a free trade agreement, government sources said Wednesday.
Japan Inc smitten by Vietnam
Japanese firms’ investment spree in Vietnam comes amid an increasing number of free-trade agreements (FTAs) being concluded or negotiated in East Asia.