Marriage procedure:To get married in Japan

[Question] I’m planning to marry a Japanese national in Japan. What procedures should I follow?

[Answer] 
 If you wish to marry to a Japanese national in Japan, you need to register your marriage in accordance with Japanese law. Your Japanese partner needs to submit a certified copy of theri family register, while you must present a “certificate of eligibility to contract marriage” (konin-yoken gubi shomeisho) and other documents including your passport. Depending on the country you are from, required documents differ so it is advisable you check with your municipal office where you are going to report your marriage.

Whether your marriage performed overseas is valid or not depends on the country of origin even if you are legally married in accordance with Japanese law. Therefore, contact your embassy or consulate general in Japan to make sure what kind of additional procedures are required to make your marriage overseas legally recognized in your country.

A certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage is a written statement issued by your governmental agencies, affirming you meet all the legal requirements to marry and have no impediment to legal marriage. Most countries issue such document at their embassy or consulate general in Japan. Certificates written in foreign languages should be accompanied with their Japanese translation. 

[Question] I’m planning to marry another foreign national in Japan. What procedures should I follow?

[Answer] 
If you wish to marry another foreign national in Japan, you can do so in accordance with the law of Japan, where you both reside. To do so, you must register your marriage at the family register section of you city office. Each of you must submit a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage together with its Japanese translation.Ask your embassy or consulate general for the certificates. Once your marriage registration is accepted by your city office, you will be legally married under the Japanese law. However, it would be advisable to ascertain beforehand from the embassy or consulate whether the marriage registered under the Japanese law is valid in your country.

If both of you hail from the same country, you may also be able register your marriage at your embassy or consulate general in accordance with the legal formalities of your own home country. If you and your partner do not share the same nationality, you may be able to follow the formalities of either of your country. However, some countries do not provide marriage registration service at their overseas consulate generals, so please check them in advance.