The government may be making things a little easier for workers who cross national borders.

Japan and the United States have entered into an agreement that will coordinate the U.S. and Japanese Social Security programs, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.

In some cases, the agreement could eliminate the need for workers to pay Social Security taxes to both countries.

In other cases, workers who have worked for a relatively short time in one of the countries may be able to use work credit from the other country to qualify for retirement benefits in the other country.

A copy of the Social Security Administration notice about the agreement is on the Web at Document Link

A description of the agreement is on the Web at Document Link