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Japan and Canada will launch negotiations next month aimed at avoiding situations in which Japanese and Canadian nationals end up paying their public pension premiums twice, labor ministry officials said Friday.

Once an accord is reached, Japanese working in Canada and Canadians working in Japan will no longer have to pay pension premiums to the governments of both countries.

The two governments will hold their first round of negotiations from Oct. 4 to 7 in the suburbs of Ottawa, involving working-level officials from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and Foreign Ministry and their Canadian counterparts, they said.

Japan already has similar accords with Germany and Britain.

Meanwhile, accords with the United States and South Korea are to take effect shortly, while negotiations have been launched for similar agreements with France and Belgium.

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