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U.S. Depositions in Tokyo: What you need to know

Before you schedule a court reporter or other hearing services in Tokyo, learn more about the rules and regulations regarding U.S. depositions in Tokyo. Below is a list of the most common questions. Looking for arbitration services? Visit our arbitration resource page to find out more.


Are there any restrictions on holding a U.S. depo in Tokyo?


Taking U.S. depositions in Japan is permissible. However, depos must take place at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.

Japan allows video testimony under the same requirements as in-person testimony, with prior notice to the government. Private counsel cannot take video testimony in Japan without permission and a U.S. consular officer present at the embassy or consulate.

Contact us to go over your options for getting the testimony of your witness.


Can depos in Tokyo take place at any venue (hotel, conference room, etc.)?


All U.S. depos in Japan must take place at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or the U.S. Consulate in Osaka. You will need to secure a reservation with the Consulate or Embassy and submit a list of all deposition participants and all electronic equipment you will bring.

Contact us to go over your options for getting the testimony of a Japan-based witness.


Does a U.S. passport holder need a visa to enter Japan?


A Japanese Special Deposition visa is required for attorneys and other relevant personnel (including court reporters, legal videographers, and interpreters) to go to Japan for the purpose of attending a deposition.


Are there region-based court reporters for U.S. depositions in Tokyo?


Optima Juris has experienced, Asia-based court reporters available for your deposition in Tokyo.


Can Optima Juris help me set up my depo?


We will take care of all the tricky logistics so you don’t have to stress about the details.

Expert international court reporting services in Tokyo, Japan

Optima Juris has everything you need for a successful deposition or arbitration in Tokyo, Japan. We work with elite court reporters and legal professionals to make sure your deposition or arbitration is in the right hands.

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Region-based court reporters

Our trusted court reporters have extensive international experience, along with the know-how to get the job done with the highest-quality results.

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Remote Depositions

Videoconferencing and Internet connections are currently not allowed within the US Consulate grounds, but you can conduct a remote deposition by having your witness travel to a nearby deposition-friendly country.

International Court Reporting - Remote Arbitration Services

Optima Juris provides reliable and experienced stenographers for arbitrations in Tokyo. Remote options are available.

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Legal videographers

Legal videographers trained in the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, so you can be sure that your video record will be taken in a manner consistent with your jurisdiction’s requirements.

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Internationally-accredited language professionals with deposition experience and unbending standards of quality.

Must-read guide for setting up a depo in Tokyo, Japan

Our experts have created a complimentary guide every lawyer, paralegal and court reporting agency should read. The International Depo Guide for Japan is a 6-page PDF that covers frequently asked questions, tips on how to swear in a witness abroad, best options for deposing a witness remotely, a user-friendly checklist, and travel tips.


Options for attending your deposition or arbitration

Thanks to better Internet connectivity worldwide, many new options have arisen for conducting a deposition or arbitration anywhere in the world. Below is a reference guide of the different options for your deposition or arbitration in Tokyo.

Attending Deposition In Person

Attorneys, court reporters, legal videographers, witnesses and/or deposition interpreters travel to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or U.S. Consulate in Osaka.*

Typically this an ideal
scenario to get the clearest record and you are less likely to encounter technical issues.

Travel costs and consulate fees can add up quickly.

Moving Deposition To Nearby Country

If you are under time constraints and don’t have six weeks ahead of time to plan, moving your deposition outside of Japan to a neighboring country is a good way to expedite.*

U.S. deposition friendly countries like Taiwan are less restrictive than Japan, and can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Some additional travel costs if your witness has to travel to a neighboring country.

Remote/Hybrid Deposition

Attorneys participate remotely. Court reporter, videographer, and interpreter physically present with the witness in a nearby deposition-friendly country.*

Having the court reporter present with the witness is ideal for the clearest record. You can save on travel costs by having the attorneys participate remotely.

Disadvantages: Remote connections can be prone to pauses, interruptions, and/or connection lost due to network issues.

*For the best and clearest record we always recommend that the court reporter, videographer and interpreter be physically present with the witness.

As CEO of Optima Juris, I guarantee that you will be getting the highest quality deposition services abroad. We stand by our services 100% and most importantly, we take away the anxiety of scheduling an international depo.

Ian Hardy
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Optima Juris’ 100% Peace of Mind Guarantee*

At Optima Juris we are committed to providing you with the very best deposition services abroad without the stress or hassle. We guarantee that your court reporter and deposition team will show up on-time, where instructed, and that the results (transcript, video, interpretation, etc.) will be at the same level you would expect when conducting a deposition in your home town in the States. If that’s not the case, we’ll refund you fully for the defective service, no questions asked. This guarantee is subject to limitations, exclusions, and conditions as outlined in our terms & conditions.


Do you have a question about setting up a virtual, hybrid, or in-person deposition or arbitration? Our experts are here to help!

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