Agreement between the Kingdom of Sweden and Japan on social security

From: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

The agreement coordinates the Swedish and Japanese public old-age, survivors’ and disability pensions systems (for Sweden, sickness and activity compensation), and governs whether a person must be insured for such benefits in Sweden or Japan. As the agreement coordinates the Swedish and Japanese regulatory frameworks, individuals will not lose their accrued social insurance rights, primarily pension rights, when they move between the two countries.

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Following the signing of the agreement, an application agreement will be negotiated. This is necessary so that the authorities in each country are able to process cases in reality. Next, the countries’ parliaments will need to approve the agreement before it can enter into force. In Sweden, this means the Government submitting a government bill to the Riksdag.