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2021-1-14

I would like to know about the procedure for a Japanese National to marry a Foreign National.

No.40018

Answer

Whereby you are to be married according to the Japanese law (Notification of Founding), your partner will be required to present a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage, their passport, birth certificate and certificate of nationality. If you have been married according to a foreign law (Notification of Reporting), your partner will be required to present the marriage certificate with the translation and their passport. Required documents may vary depending on the country from which your partner is from, please confirm what is required with the Family Registry and Residence Service section (Person in charge) of the ward office in advance.

1. Documents to be Submitted: Marriage Registration (Available at Residents section of ward offices, citizens center of branch offices)

2. Submission Period: Optional (Within 3 months of the date of marriage if you have been married according to a foreign law.)

3. Where to Submit a Notification: The Ward Residents section of the ward office or the Citizens’ Center of branch office where you live or you registered your domicile (permanent address) (In case of the marriage according to foreign law and notifier is out of the country, it can be accepted in resident abroad embassy.)

4. Notifier: The couple to get married. (For “Notification of Reporting”, only a Japanese national can submit the notification.)

5. Completing the marriage registration: The marriage registration must contain the signatures of the couple to be married and the stamp of your Japanese partner (rubber stamps not acceptable), the signatures and stamps (rubber stamps not acceptable) of two witnesses over the age of 20 (an adult if the witness is a foreign resident), the new registered domicile, your current registered domicile, and your address as per the resident registry.

6. Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.
The 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8:30 AM-0:30 PM
(Citizens’ center of branch offices are not open on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays.)
(Notifications are accepted at the guard office of each ward offices if you submit it outside of the above hours.)

7. Holidays: Saturdays (except 2nd & 4th Sat.), Sundays, National Holidays, and December 29 - January 3
(Citizens center of branch offices are not open on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays.)
(Notifications are accepted at the guard office of each ward offices on holidays)

8. Required Items:
(1) The Seal and the certificate of All Records of Family Register / individual Record of Family Register of your Japanese partner
This is not necessary if their registered domicile is in Kawasaki City.
(2) In case that you are to be married according to Japanese law (Notification of Founding): your partner's (foreign resident) certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage / passport / birth certificate / certificate of nationality / etc.
(3) In case that you have been married according to foreign law (Notification of Reporting): your marriage certificate and its Japanese translation / passport / etc.

9. Note: Required documents may vary depending on the country from which your partner is from and other documents other than ones shown above might be needed. Please confirm what is required with the Family Registry and Residence Service section (Person in charge) of the ward office in advance.

For More Informtaion, Please Contact

Ward Residents Section, Kawasaki Ward Office Tel: 044-201-3145
Citizens' Center, Daishi Branch Office Tel: 044-271-0140
Citizens' Center, Tajima Branch Office Tel: 044-322-1971
Ward Residents Section, Saiwai Ward Office Tel: 044-556-6617
Ward Residents Section, Nakahara Ward Office Tel: 044-744-3185
Ward Residents Section, Takatsu Ward Office Tel: 044-861-3165
Ward Residents Section, Miyamae Ward Office Tel: 044-856-3147
Ward Residents Section, Tama Ward Office Tel: 044-935-3156
Ward Residents Section, Asao Ward Office Tel: 044-965-5123