Finland and Japan have signed a social security agreement. It will enter into force on 1 February 2022.
The agreement includes provisions on the legislation applicable to pension and unemployment insurance. As of 1 February 2022, the obligation to pay unemployment insurance contributions for workers moving between Finland and Japan will be dictated by this agreement. Once the agreement enters into force, workers posted to one of the contracting states will avoid paying double unemployment insurance contributions.
The general rule is that workers are subject to the legislation of the country in which they are working. According to the new agreement, workers posted from Finland to Japan or from Japan to Finland may, under certain conditions, continue to be subject to the legislation of their country of origin during their assignment for up to five years. In this case, any unemployment insurance contributions are paid to the employee’s country of origin.
Visit our website for more information on the obligation to pay unemployment insurance contributions in international situations.
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