Japan - Central Authority & practical information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
|Address:||Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2-2-1 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku
|Telephone:||+81 3 5501 8152|
|Fax:||+81 3 5501 8148|
|Contact point:||Consular Policy Division|
|Languages spoken by staff:||Japanese (by telephone)
Japanese and English (by fax)
|Methods of service
Formal Service (Art. 5 (1)(a))
Informal delivery (Art. 5(2))
Service by a particular method (Art. 5(1)(b))
Full translation is required for any document to be served under Article 5(1)(a)(b). We serve the translation to the addressee together with the original.
Japan has not concluded any agreements under Article 20(b).
|Costs relating to execution of the request for service
In principle, the applicant incurs no charges because the National Treasury bears costs of service. However, in the case of service by a marshal, a fee is charged and should be reimbursed. To that end, the court which effected the service sends a bill of the costs to be reimbursed to the applicant together with the certificate referred to in Article 6.
When executed by a marshal, the amount to be paid for the performance of service is 1,800 yen (service in working hours on weekdays) or 4,200 yen (service in night times, weekends or holidays) plus the marshal’s travel expenses, which is 37 yen per kilometer from the competent district court to which he / she belongs.
|Time for execution of request:||About four months|
|Oppositions and declarations
|Click here to read all the declarations made by Japan under the Service Convention.|
|Art. 8(2):||No opposition|
"Japan has not declared that it objects to the sending of judicial documents, by postal channels, directly to addressees in Japan. As the representative of Japan made clear at the Special Commission of April 1989 on the practical operation of the Service and Evidence Conventions, Japan does not consider that the use of postal channels for sending judicial documents to persons in Japan constitutes an infringement of its sovereign power."
"Nevertheless, as the representative also indicated, the absence of a formal objection does not imply that the sending of judicial documents by postal channels to addressees in Japan is always considered valid service in Japan. In fact, sending documents by such a method would not be deemed valid service in Japan in circumstances where the rights of the addressee were not respected."
(See Conclusion and Recommendation No 57 of the 2003 Special Commission.)
|Art. 15(2):||Declaration of applicability|
|Art. 16(3):||No declaration of applicability|
Derogatory channels (bilateral or multilateral agreements or internal law permitting other transmission channels)
Consular Convention between Japan and the United States of America
Consular Convention between Japan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Agreements or arrangements concerning judicial assistance between Japan and; Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Italy, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Federative Republic of Brazil, Kingdom of Thailand, Federal Republic of Germany, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Syrian Arab Republic, Kingdom of Norway, Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Austria, State of Kuwait, Republic of Iraq, State of Israel
(This page was last updated on 15 May 2009)