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Thursday, August 25, 2016, 23:14

Working holiday program with Japan expanded

By chinadailyasia.com

Working holiday program with Japan expanded
This picture shows Mount Fuji in Japan. (AFP phot o)

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong-Japan Working Holiday Scheme is to be expanded, with the annual reciprocal quota to be raised to 1,500, allowing participants to take working vacations for up to a year.

The new arrangement will start with the quota to be increased to 750 when the Japanese consulate-general in the SAR invites the second round of applications in October this year.

The program, which is open to participants aged between 18 and 30, was introduced in 2010, with both sides initially providing annual quotas of 250.

The project has been well received by young Hong Kong people seeking a working holiday in Japan. So far, about 1,700 Hong Kong participants and 450 from Japan have joined the scheme.

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Labor and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said on Thursday the expansion will offer more opportunities for young people from both sides to enrich their experience. “It will also enhance cultural exchanges between the two places,” he added.

Hong Kong has working holiday agreements with New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Canada, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom and Austria. More than 71,000 young Hong Kong people have taken part in the schemes since 2001.

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