Consular Services

SYSTEM TO INDICATE OTHER SURNAME AND/OR OTHER GIVEN NAME ON JAPANESE PASSPORT

June 26, 2019
Japanese

The specification of Japanese passports basically comply with ICAO Doc 9303 by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), except that other surname and/or other given name may be indicated in brackets in the name field in Japanese passports.

The formal surname and the formal given name of the bearer indicated on Japanese passports shall be based on the Japan’s family register. However, other surname and/or other given name in brackets could be indicated after the formal surname (primary identifier) and/or the formal given name (secondary identifier) on the data page of the passport, if the Minister for Foreign Affairs or the Consular Official, based on the request from the passport applicant, confirm the other surname and/or the other given name that are different from the formal surname and/or given name indicated in the family register through official documents issued by the public authority and deem it especially necessary for the convenience of the bearer’s traveling and staying abroad.

Other surname and/or other given name in brackets after the formal surname and/or the formal given name on Japanese passports are mainly as follows:
 (1)Surname of the bearer’s foreign spouse,
 (2)Surname and/or given name of the bearer in other nationality,
 (3)Former surname.

Please also note that other surname and/or other given name may appear in the visual inspection zone (VIZ) only. They are not indicated in the machine readable zone (MRZ) and not recorded in the IC chip of the ePassport.

As the Japanese nationality and status of the passport bearer is confirmed through collating the formal surname and the formal given name with the family register by the Japanese authorities, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan requests all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer, a Japanese national, to pass freely and without hindrance and, in case of need, to afford him or her every possible aid and protection.
 

Please inquire, if necessary, at the Passport Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for detailed information.

[Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan]

【Reference 1】Image of Japanese passports(w/o other names)


【Reference 2】Image of Japanese passports indicated with the surname of the bearer’s foreign spouse


【Reference 3】Image of Japanese passports indicated with the surname and given name of the bearer in other nationality


【Reference 4】Image of Japanese passports indicated with the former surname