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Japan and France will hold talks in Paris from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13 toward concluding a bilateral social security agreement, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday.

Under the envisioned agreement, citizens of one country residing in the other would not have to pay social security premiums in both nations. Currently, people are required to pay for social security in the country in which they reside as well as in their home country.

Such social security agreements have been made in response to the rising number of people working abroad in recent years. The system is intended to prevent people who work abroad from being overly burdened with insurance premiums and to make it easier for them to receive retirement benefits.

Japan has already concluded similar social security agreements with Germany and Britain.

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