June 21, 2019
Good news — taking U.S. depositions in Japan is permissible. However, there are regulations on how and where they can be held. Here’s the essential info you need to know:
- 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.
- 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.
- Give yourself 6-8 weeks to plan.
- Optima Juris has experienced, Asia-based court reporters available for your deposition in Japan.