Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Japan (Updated 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Give yourself 6-8 weeks to plan.
  4. Optima Juris has experienced, Asia-based court reporters available for your deposition in Japan.

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