TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan and Japan signed an agreement on Thursday to double the annual quota of Taiwanese allowed to receive Japanese working holiday visas from 5,000 to 10,000, beginning in April, Liberty Times reported.
The agreement was signed by Taiwan-Japan Relations Association Director Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) and Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) Chief Representative Mikio Numata.
Participation in working holiday programs is the most realistic way of facilitating exchanges between Japan and Taiwan, Chiou said, Liberty Times reported.
Numbers of Taiwanese applying for Japanese working holiday programs have continued to increase over the years, while the annual quota of 5,000 Taiwanese working holiday visas offered to Japanese has not been used up at this time, Chiou said, adding that Taiwan will need to do better in the future to become more attractive to the Japanese, according to the news outlet.
The working holiday programs between Taiwan and Japan have been in effect for 10 years. According to JETA’s data, a total of 8,436 Taiwanese applied for Japanese working holiday visas last year.