Bereavement guide for Japan

Information to help you deal with practical arrangements following the death of a British national in Japan.



The death of a relative or a friend can be a traumatic experience. When the death occurs overseas, family and friends in the UK can feel additional distress as they are unfamiliar with foreign procedures and perhaps are unable to communicate in the language of the country where the death occurred. Consular Directorate of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and our Embassy in Japan are ready to help as far as they can. You may be uncertain about what to do next or who to contact for advice.

These notes are designed to help you through the practical arrangements you will need to make. You should be aware that procedures in Japan differ significantly to those in the United Kingdom and that, while we understand your need for arrangements to be made quickly, this is not always possible.

The information contained in this document is not meant to be a definitive statement of the law, nor is it to be taken as a substitute for independent legal advice.

Published 18 November 2016
Last updated 27 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. 'Post-mortem examinations (autopsies) and post-mortem reports' information updated

  2. Disclaimer updated

  3. HTML version is released

  4. Updated latest Bereavement pack for Japan in Sept 2019

  5. Updated latest Bereavement pack for Japan on 10 Sept 2018

  6. First published.