Japan Depositions

Taking Depositions in Japan - Osaka and Tokyo

Taking a deposition in Japan can be complex; depositions are controlled by detailed agreements between the United States and the government of Japan and require a great deal of planning and bureaucratic involvement. Our experience and close proximity to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S. Consulate in Osaka enables us to personally assist you through these procedures, obtain up-to-the-minute local information and be a liaison between you and those venues.

Often imitated, never duplicated, American Realtime is the only court reporting agency with court reporters and legal videographers truly located in Japan. Because the majority of our work involves intellectual property depositions in Asia to be used in U.S. District Court or the International Trade Commission, we are expert at overcoming the technological and cultural challenges that frequently present themselves in this region. Covering depositions in Japan since 2004 has afforded us greater familiarity with Japanese accents, protocol, geography and terminology, thereby facilitating superior realtime reporting.

All American Realtime's reporters are from the United States, certified by NCRA (National Court Reporters Association), utilize state-of-the-art realtime technology and provide realtime-ready laptops at all depositions throughout Asia.

 

Japan Deposition Visas

All deposition attendees who are not Japan residents must apply for Deposition Visas. This process can be tedious, and visas are sometimes rejected resulting in depositions being cancelled. We'll get you through the nuances that certain states require in their applications to ensure your depositions go forward.

 

Deposition Rules in Japan

Under the US-Japan Consular Convention, depositions in Japan are not permitted outside the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S. Consulate in Osaka, and attorneys must follow strict procedures to set them up. We can walk you through the process with ease!

Taking Depositions in Japan
  • "We have used the service that ARCR has pioneered in Japan during complex meetings for evidential and background fact-finding in major international arbitrations. The availability of daily transcripts proved invaluable."
    Robert Grondine, Partner
    White and Case
  • "I will recommend your services without reservation."
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "Before American Realtime came on the scene, my staff was consumed with sorting through the daunting procedures and protocols associated with taking depositions in the Asia-Pacific region."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "Their high-quality reporters allow us to provide excellent service and cost-savings to our clients."
    Philippe Riesen, Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • "We were impressed that you supplied your own configured realtime laptops for lawyers and interpreters."
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "You can look up the procedures on the U.S. Embassy's website and try to follow what is written there, but American Realtime helps you to navigate everything that is unwritten about deposition-taking in Japan."
    Joe Grinstein, Partner
    Susman Godfrey
  • "If you are even considering depositions in Asia this should be the first place you call."
    Benjamin McCracken, Esquire
    Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss
  • "I highly recommend this service for all types of meetings where a complete searchable electronic transcript will facilitate future reference and record keeping."
    Robert Grondine, Partner
    White and Case
  • "ARCR's seamless assistance based on their local experience with visas, conference rooms, hotels, interpreters, videographers and more eases that burden so that we can focus our attention on getting the testimony we need overseas."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "ARCR made taking depositions in Taiwan easy by helping us to assemble a very efficient and professional reporter-videographer-interpreter team."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "ARCR is much more than a court reporting service."
    York Faulkner, Partner
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • "We had the unfortunate experience of using someone other than Jodi Harmon and American Realtime for court reporting services in Seoul. The difference we experienced, in both professionalism and competence, was quite palpable. I would not have wished that episode on anyone—including opposing counsel."
    Jon Crocker, Esquire
    Roetzel & Andress
  • "Their clean realtime, fast rough drafts, and the laptops they provided, helped us conduct swift and efficient depositions, even though the depositions involved technical subject matter and were interpreted."
    Steven H. Reisberg, Partner
    Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
  • "Expedited transcripts and video were available quickly with no hassle."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "You would be a crazy gaijin if you tried to take a deposition in Japan without American Realtime Court Reporters. It is a pleasure working with Jodi and her staff, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again."
    Joe Grinstein, Partner
    Susman Godfrey
  • "The accuracy in your realtime reporting in a patent deposition littered with technical terms was outstanding!"
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "American Realtime's accuracy is exceptional, especially with technical terminology and issues related to native Japanese speakers—skills they no doubt acquired from being in the unique position of living and working in Japan."
    Ryan S. Goldstein, Partner
    Quinn Emanuel
  • "The fact that they bring several realtime laptops to depositions is just icing on the cake. I recommend them without hesitation."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "I highly recommend ARCR. They handled depos in Hong Kong for us with four different interpreters of six Japanese and Chinese witnesses over two weeks and they did and excellent job."
    John D. Vandenberg, Partner
    Klarquist Sparkman
  • "Thay are an invaluable resource to those who face the complicated and extensive procedures for taking depositions in Japan, providing much-appreciated guidance at each step along the way."
    York Faulkner, Partner
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • "They consistently exceeded our expectations."
    Harold H. Davis, Jr., Esquire
    K&L Gates
  • "American Realtime provided us with excellent, personal service during depositions at two locations in Japan. I would recommend them without hesitation."
    Steven H. Reisberg, Partner
    Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
  • "I highly recommend ARCR in Japan. They provide excellent service, with a quick turn-around."
    Michael Heim, Managing Partner
    Heim, Payne & Chorush
  • "We rely heavily on American Realtime in Japan. The reporting is first-rate and they are very tech-savvy, accurate, and equally important, fast."
    Philippe Riesen, Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • "For our deposition needs, we will always call ARCR first, and if they are not available, we'll probably reschedule."
    Jon Crocker, Esquire
    Roetzel & Andress
  • "They did a great job on realtime transcription of technical terminology and provided us unusually clean rough transcripts."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "For accuracy, reliability and professionalism, there is no better court reporting service in Asia than American Realtime."
    Harold H. Davis, Jr., Esquire
    K&L Gates
  • "American Realtime is an exceptional company that not only meets court reporting needs but also helps with the logisitics of taking depositions in Asia."
    Benjamin McCracken, Esquire
    Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss
Japan deposition rooms

CONFERENCE ROOMS
Though there are only two legal venues for conducting depositions in Japan, we can get you in!

Deposition team in Japan

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Japan videographer

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JAPAN CONFERENCE ROOM AVAILABILITY


Monday, July 24, 2017—American Realtime Court Reporters is pleased to announce the imminent availability of a large number of deposition room dates at the U.S. Consulate in Osaka and U.S. Embassy in Tokyo over the next few months due to settlements, postponements or relocation of several cases.

American Realtime Court Reporters -- located next-door to the U.S. Consulate in Osaka -- typically receives notice of cancellations from our clients before the Consulate or Embassy is informed. With this information, depositions can be scheduled with our assistance on short notice and/or during times when consular staff may have indicated that rooms are fully booked.

For assistance reserving a deposition room in Japan or to learn more about our court reporting and legal video services anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, please contact us.

 

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