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Slovakia-Japan: New Working Holiday Program for youths

Slovakia-Japan: New Working Holiday Program for youths

24.2.2016 | Aktivity ministra |

Bratislava (24 February) – Slovakia and Japan agreed on the Working Holiday Program for young people from both countries. The relevant verbal notes confirming the conditions of this program were exchanged between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák and Ambassador of Japan Akio Egawa in Bratislava today.
 
“This program represents another step towards deepening Slovak-Japan contacts and cooperation, enabling young people on both sides to study, work and travel in the partner country,” stated Minister Lajčák.
 
The Working Holiday Program reciprocally enables citizens of the guest country to stay for a year in the host country. The program is designed for young people aged 18-30 interested in staying in the host country to study or travel and, at the same time, to get a job to help cover part of the costs – without having to have a work visa.  The objective is to get acquainted with the country´s culture and its characteristics to strengthen the understanding between both countries. The program between Slovakia and Japan comes into force on 1 June 2016. Concrete quotas of the program will be set via diplomatic channels in May.
 
Presenting the notes, Japanese Ambassador Egawa officially said farewell to Minister Lajčák, as his term in office in Slovakia is coming to an end. Minister Lajčák highlighted his personal contribution to the development of the excellent and above standard bilateral relations between Slovakia and Japan in all the areas. “Slovak-Japanese relations have always been excellent and constantly developing politically, economically, as well as in culture and education and I’m pleased that we continually find new impetuses for further deepening and expanding our cooperation,” said Minister Lajčák.
 
They both agreed that further opportunities to intensify the contacts will emerge during the Presidency of Slovakia of the Council of the European Union as of July as well as the Japanese Presidency of the G7 – the group of the most developed countries of the world.