Factsheet: EPA & Independent Professionals

About the Factsheet

Strong interest for companies posting their managers or specialists. Contractual Service Suppliers and independent professionals are allowed to supply services and engage in business activities. Furthermore, professionals specialised in natural sciences (e.g. engineers), humanities or academia can benefit from mobility commitments. The EPA’s schedule of Japan lists 38 sectors where specific commitments apply. There are no quotas for those professionals entering Japan. Professionals of the EU covered by Annex 8-B (Annex III) depend on EU-based employers, whereas professionals of the EU covered by Annex 8-B (Annex IV) do not depend on EU-based employers.

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