Monday, June 25, 2007

//News// Arroyo wants trade deal with Japan ratified

President Arroyo appealed to local legislators to ratify the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) which would open greater trade exchange between the two countries.

The JPEPA calls for the scrapping of import duties for automobiles coming from Japan, while Philippine products exported to Japan will also see reduced taxes, leading to complete removal after several years.

More relevant to nurses, the JPEPA would remove the restriction on Filipino nurses and caregivers to work in Japan. Under the pact, about 1,000 nurses and caregivers would be allowed to work in the country every year, but applicants must complete a three-year language and skills training course and pass the Japanese licensure test before being issued a work visa.

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