Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Japan.
We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.
Here at Optima Juris, we always recommend that depositions in Japan be scheduled several months in advance, if possible, in order to provide sufficient time to obtain the necessary conference space at the U.S. Consulate for the depo to take place, as well as to obtain the deposition visas required for the attending parties, which includes the court reporter and any other deposition support personnel.
Japan has a few rules and restrictions on taking U.S. depositions in their country, but we have successfully set up depositions in Japan many times and we are here to help. Our amazing Director of Scheduling and CSR, Kimberlee Castro, walks you through what you need to do to set up a U.S. deposition in Japan.
Japan uses the Japanese Yen. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).
For the latest weather information in cities throughout Japan visit weather.com.
Overall, tipping in Japan is not customary. Respect and politeness is expected at all times, and if your tip is refused, do not to be offended. If you insist on leaving a tip in your hotel and are unsure what the appropriate method is, check with your concierge or hotel receptionist.
Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Japan here: timeanddate.com/holidays/japan/.
Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Japan. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Japan country page or contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.
Aichi, Chūbu International Airport, NGP
Chiba, Narita International Airport, NRT
Osaka, Kansai International Airport, KIX
Osaka / Hyōgo, Osaka International Airport, ITM
Tokyo, Tokyo International Airport, HND