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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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Japan, Vietnam agree to start official FTA talks
Japan and Vietnam agreed on Friday to launch formal negotiations aimed at sealing a bilateral free trade agreement later this year.
Viet Nam, Japan prepare for negotiations on bilateral FTA
Vietnamese and Japanese commerce experts will meet in Ha Noi from Feb. 16-18 in preparation for negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries, and a meeting at higher level will be held by the end of this year, according to the Trade Ministry.
Vietnam, Japan to start FTA negotiations
Vietnam and Japan will begin their first round of negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in mid-February, local media on Monday quoted sources from the Vietnamese Trade Ministry.
Vietnam, Japan conclude WTO talks, eye FTA
Vietnam and Japan yesterday concluded bilateral negotiations over the former’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) while agreeing to hold preliminary talks on a bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA).
Japan, Vietnam agree to begin FTA negotiations as soon as possible
Japan and Vietnam agreed Friday to begin full-fledged negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement as soon as necessary conditions are met, Japan’s trade minister said.