To Attend Deposition
Taking By U.S. Consul


The following documents are required for attorneys and other relevant personnel (including translators and court reporters) to go to Japan for the purpose of attending a deposition


 Link: U.S. Embassy in Tokyo -


Required Documents

  1. Applicant's valid diplomatic/official passport, properly signed by the bearer (Please make sure that there is at least 1 page left in your passport for a visa to be affixed to.)
  2. "VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN" (available here), completely filled out and signed by the applicant.
  3. One photograph (2" x 2") attached to application form
  4. A letter from the applicant's law firm, stating the brief outlined of the case, name of the applicant and period of stay in Japan. Please also include a statement of guarantee for the applicant's travel expenses.
  5. A copy of a filed court order or commission issued by U.S. Court and addressed to U.S. Consul stationed in Japan

    According to Article 17 (1) (e) of the CONSULAR CONVENTION BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a deposition can only be taken by a U.S. Consul. Therefore, a commission/court order must be addressed to a U.S. Consul. The commission/court order issued by a U.S. court must be sent directly to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or the appropriate U.S. Consulate in order to schedule for a deposition to be taken.

  7. A copy of flight itinerary
  8. One clear photocopy of all the documents you are submitting


The Embassy of Japan reserves the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary.

The Embassy of Japan will not make copies. If you need original documents, please bring the original and one copy.


All applications must be referred to our Home Government for an approval. This may take anywhere from two to four weeks. Please allow sufficient time before your travel date to apply for your visa.