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Japan and Australia have agreed to sign a pension treaty so expatriates from the two nations will no longer have to make double pension payments, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Jiro Kawasaki said Friday.

Japan has already signed similar treaties with Germany, Britain, South Korea, the United States, Belgium, France and Canada.

The treaties mean Japanese citizens living in those countries only pay pension premiums to the Japanese government and not to the local government as well. The conditions also apply to citizens from those nations living here.

Japan and Australia aim to sign the accord by March.

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