An employee, employer or self-employed person may request that a special exception
be granted so that a worker's coverage will be assigned other than in accordance with
the normal coverage rules of the agreement. The exception must result in coverage
under the laws of either the United States or Japan, but not both, and both countries
must agree to the exception before it can be granted. If either country does not agree
with granting an exception, the worker's coverage will be determined in accordance
with the applicable coverage rule of the agreement.