The Hague Convention (Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction) 

April 19, 2023

1. The Central Authority

  • Hague Convention Division, Consular Affairs Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Address:〒100-8919
  • Kasumigaseki 2-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Telephone Number:03-3580-3311
  • Open on Weekdays 9:00-17:00 (except 12:30-13:30)
  • URL:https://www.mofa.go.jp/index.html
  • Email Address:(image) hagueconventionjapan at mofa.go.jp
  • (note 1) Contact points above are for the 1980 Hauge Child Abduction Convention.  The Hague Convention Division is currently on partial telework. Please contact us by e-mail if possible.
  • (note 2) We appreciate your understanding that we can respond to only enquiries related to international child removal.
  • (note 3) Should you have any enquiries related to the matters other than international child removal, please check below.

[Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (“Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 “)]

Information regarding judicial and extrajudicial documents/evidence request is available here.

[Certification(Authentication of official seals / Apostille)]

Information regarding authentication of official seals and apostille is available here. Contact information for certification (Authentication of official seals/ Apostille)

  • Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information Navi-Dial: 0570-011000
  • For English please press 2 then 5.
  • For some IP phones and calls from overseas, Please call +81-3-5369-6577
  • Address:〒160-0004
  • Yotsuya Tower 13F, Yotsuya 1-6-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Operation:09:00-17:00 on weekdays

[VISA]

Information regarding visa application procedure to enter Japan, please click here.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Visa Information is available for enquiries regarding visa application including documents required when submitting visa applications.

Contact information for Visa.

  • Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information Navi-Dial: 0570-011000
  • For English please press 2 then 5.
  • For some IP phones and calls from overseas, Please call +81-3-5369-6577
  • Address:〒160-0004
  • Visa Information, Yotsuya Tower 13F, Yotsuya 1-6-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Operation:09:00-17:00 on weekdays

2. The Courts

(1) Tokyo Family Court

(2) Osaka Family Court

3. Japanese Embassies and Consulates

See List of Japanese Embassies and Consulates as follows;
https://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/index.html

4. Japan Federation of Bar Associations

  • Address:〒100-0013
  • Bengoshi Kaikan 15F, Kasumigaseki 1-1-3, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Telephone Number:03-3580-9841(Main Number)
  • URL:https://www.nichibenren.or.jp/en/Open a New Window

5. Japan Legal Support Center (JLSC)

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