Divorce in Japan
Basically non-Japanese people can get divorce in Japan. However you should
confirm international private law and divorce system of your country before
you get divorce in Japan.
There are four types of divorce in Japan:
- Divorce by agreement (kyogi rikon), based on mutual agreement.
- Divorce by mediation in a family court (chotei rikon), completed by applying
for mediation by the family court (for cases in which divorce by mutual
agreement cannot be reached).
- Divorce by decision of the family court (shimpan rikon), which is divorce
completed by family court decision when divorce cannot be established by
- Divorce by judgment of a district court (saiban rikon). If divorce cannot
be established by the family court, then application is made to the district
court for a decision (application for arbitration is a prerequisite). Once
the case is decided, the court will issue a certified copy and certificate
of settlement, to be attached to the Divorce Registration.
We arrange certificate of divorce which translate into English. We also
arrange notarization and certification by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of Japan and ambassadors of foreign countries in Japan on the English version.
You should make sure divorce condition of yours when you get divorce.
Usually, applicable law should be Japanese law if you get divorce in Japan.
In that case, divorce condition may be complicated for non-Japanese people.
We arrange divorce agreement in Japanese and English to make sure the
divorce condition not only to Japanese spouse but also to non-Japanese
Please refer to the sample of divorce agreement following:
*** ***（昭和**年**月**日生、以下「夫」という）と, ** **（昭和**年**月**日生、以下「妻」という）は、離婚について協議した結果、下記のとおり合意する。
A husband named *** *** who was born in the **th day of October 19** (hereinafter
referred to as "HUSBAND") and a wife *** *** who was born in
the **th day of January 19** (herein after referred to as "WIFE")
confirm agreement as mentioned in the following as a result of discussing
Article 1. HUSBAND and WIFE have reached getting divorce by agreement and
have signed and stamped with filling in necessary items in a report of
----------<the rest is omitted>---------
Notarial deed for divorce
We arrange notarial deed for the contract of provision by divorce. We
also make official translation in English for the notarial deed which is
certified by notary public, the Ministry of foreign affairs of Japan and
Please refer to the sample of notarial deed following:
HEISEI 23 No.***
Notarial deed for the contract of provision by divorce and so on
The notary make this deed by the request from the person concerned with
record of statement concerning following legal act.
Husband, *** *** (who was born in the **th day of May 19**, Japanese national,
hereinafter referred to as "HUSBAND"), and Wife, *** *** (who
was born in the **th day of May 19**, ***** national, hereinafter referred
to as "WIFE"), agree as a result discussion on divorce as follows;
Article 1. ----------<the rest is omitted>--------------
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