Filipino-Japanese Marriage Procedure in Japan

Happy Reiwa!

It’s the very first day of our new era! And today, Susumu and I decided to submit our marriage documents to the city hall. In other words, we are now officially husband and wife! Yay!

Anyway, I wrote this post to share with you how easy it is to get married here in Japan. The whole process in the city hall only took us 15 minutes maximum, but of course, we made sure that we had all the documents necessary beforehand.

Here’s how!

The first thing that you should find out is if you need to apply for LCCM or your legal capacity to contract marriage either in Tokyo or Osaka. It depends on where you live. Since I am based here in Ishikawa, I am under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka.

Then, I prepared the documents and went there with my fiance. Note that personal appearance of both parties is required.

So aside from yourself and your partner, what else should you bring to the consulate?

Things that a Philippine National need in order to secure an LCCM:

  1. Application form
  2. Valid passport and a copy of the data page
  3. Original PSA Birth Certificate authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
  4. Two (2) passport size photos, mine had blue background, and they were accepted at the Consulate in Osaka, but if I remember correctly, it has to be white for the Embassy in Tokyo
  5. Proof of visa status in Japan :  One (1) copy of the residence card or Japanese visa
  6. One (1) self-addressed envelope with stamps worth 930 yen or (one) self addressed Japan Post Letter-pack 510 envelope with your full name, mobile number and address on it
  7. If you are single: 
    • Certificate of Non-appearance in Marriage Registry (CENOMAR) issued by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) and authenticated by the DFA. When you request it, please write “FOR MARRIAGE” as its purpose.
    • If you are between 18-20 years old, submit an Affidavit of Parental Consent (together with the copy of the passport of the parents).  Your parents may either file the affidavit with you at the consulate or submit an affidavit notarized in the Philippines and authenticated by the DFA.
    • If you are between 21-25 years old, submit an Affidavit of Parental Advice (together with the copy of the passport of the parent).  Same as above, your parents may either file the affidavit with you at the consulate or submit an affidavit notarized in the Philippines and authenticated by the DFA.
  8. If you are a widow:
    • Please submit a PSA death certificate of the deceased spouse authenticated by the DFA or a death certificate issued in Japan and a copy of the Kosekitohon of the deceased.
    • Include, a PSA Marriage Certificate with the previous spouse authenticated by the DFA
    • Also, you need an Advisory on Marriage issued by the PSA and authenticated by the DFA
    • Lastly, you have to remember that widows can only apply for the LCCM if 300 days has passed since the date of death of the spouse.
  9. If you are divorced or annulled:
    • Philippine Judicial Recognition of Foreign Divorce or Judicial Decree of Nullity of Marriage with a Certificate of Finality issued by a Philippine Court and authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Annotated PSA Marriage Certificate with the previous spouse authenticated by the DFA
    • Advisory on Marriage issued by the PSA and authenticated by the PSA

As for your Japanese Partner:

  1. Passport or driver’s license (present the original and submit 1 photocopy)
  2. Application form
  3.   Kosekitohon
  4.   Juminhyo 
  5. 2 passport size photos

Now that you already have an idea of what you are supposed to bring, let me share with you the experience of going to the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka.

Well, honestly, our train ride, which was almost 5 hours was longer than our actual stay at the office. Last March 06, it was a Tuesday, we left our town around 10:15 am and arrived there at around 4:00 pm, and it was not busy at all. I only saw one person who applied for passport renewal, and another one applying for LCCM.

Just a tip though, you might see some staff on the glass window for passport renewal, but none for LCCM. If that’s the case, don’t just sit at the waiting area forever. You’d need to go to the empty glass window and call someone in that room to assist you. Then, give all the documents; they will verify it while you and your partner fill in another form. After that, you’d just have to pay. Once you’ve settled the bill, which is approximately 16,500¥, you may leave. It was really quick; I remember staying there for only 30 minutes.

In the span of two weeks, you will receive the document by post.

As you can see, translation is already included in the document itself, so you don’t have to worry about it. It’s part of what you’ve paid for.

Having the LCCM in your hands, you and your partner can go to your city hall anytime within 120 days.

Don’t forget to bring everything inside the envelope sent by the consulate/embassy to you. Also, bring your passport, residence card, hanko and application form. On the other hand, your partner needs his residence card, kosekitohon and hanko.

By the way, you definitely have to get the form at the city hall a few days before. Fill it in with your partner, and ask two Japanese witnesses to write their names, address and stamp their hanko. You can choose anyone of legal age, but I think, if you prefer foreigner witnesses, they have to go with you when you submit your marriage documents, but Japanese Nationals don’t have to come. This is why Susumu and I asked two of his closest Japanese friends to do it for us.

One last thing, when your partner requests for kosekitohon from his hometown, tell him/her to ask for two copies because you need it for both (1) the consulate for your LCCM and (2) the city or town hall where you intend to get married.

Best wishes!

And don’t forget to have fun in between!

For more details on the requirements or for the Tagalog version, please visit the Philippine Consulate General’s link below: https://osakapcg.dfa.gov.ph/consular-services/civil-registry/lccm

For downloadable forms, click the link below: https://osakapcg.dfa.gov.ph/testing

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