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  • CHINA

    Global Employer Services Newsletter October 2019

China and Japan social security protocol

China and Japan officially entered into a social security protocol on 9 May 2018 to address the issue of a dual liability for expatriates working and residing between the two states. The protocol came into effect on 1 September 2019 and the main content is as follows:

Coverage of mutual exemption

  • China: Basic pension for employees
  • Japan: National annuity (except for national annuity fund) and welfare pension (except for welfare pension fund)

Chinese personnel eligible

  • Dispatched employees
  • Employees in ocean-going vessels
  • Employees in aircrafts
  • Personnel in embassies
  • Civil servants
  • Specific personnel
  • Trailing spouses and children

Japanese personnel eligible

  • Dispatched employees
  • Employees in ocean-going vessels
  • Personnel in embassies
  • Civil servants
  • Specific personnel

Period for exemption

The maximum period in respect of the initial application for exemption is 5 years (where the assignment period exceeds 5 years, it may be extended upon approval of competent authorities or agencies in charge of both states).

Gordon Gao
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