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Japan parliament OKs Philippines free-trade pact

Dow Jones Newswire | 6 December 2006

Japan Parliament OKs Philippines Free-Trade Pact -Kyodo

NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Japan’s parliament approved a free trade agreement with the Philippines on Wednesday, paving the way for the pact to take effect next spring, Kyodo News Service reports.

The Philippines will be the fourth country to realize an FTA with Japan, following Singapore, Mexico and Malaysia.

The agreement calls on Japan to accept Philippine nurses and care workers as far as they have relevant Japanese qualifications, Kyodo said.

The government plans to accept 400 nurses and 600 care workers from the Philippines within two years after the pact takes effect.

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