Authentication, Legalization & Apostille Services for the Chinese Embassy in Japan

Hi, I’m David Higgins, and I am a legal translator in Japan. I am going to explain our authentication and legalization services for the Chinese Embassy in Japan.

Okinawa Translator offers the service of authenticating your legal or personal documents at the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Japan on your behalf.

The documents sourced in Japan, intended for use and submission to the authorities in China, must undergo  consular authentication and legalization by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in Japan.


The examples of documents types that can be promptly authenticated using our services are a public school diploma, a family court issued divorce decree, a police certificate, family registry or a marriage certificate.

These documents must have a three-month issue date to be eligible to have this service completed. If the document is expired and outside of the 3-month validity period, you can have us reissue the document on your behalf.

The examples of document issued not from a Japanese government agency such as statutory declarations, affidavits, power of attorneys or contractual agreements require an additional step.

These documents must first be taken to be notarized by a Japanese notary before being sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In some instances the original document is in English. If this is the case the document must be translated into Japanese before it can be taken to the Japanese Notary.  Next it will go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then off to the Chinese Embassy to be authenticated.

Once we receive your document from the Chinese Embassy we can EMS Courier your legalized document back to your location.

If you have any questions about our authentication and legalization procedures at the Chinese Embassy in Japan please contact us or get started by emailing



David Higgins is a full time Japanese/English translation company owner located in Okinawa, Japan. David, his wife Hazuki and four employees and various freelancers of other languages run Okinawa Translator. They specialize in translation of all kinds of documents, technical manuals and on site interpreting for instructional safety classes with the military to family reunions. They have expanded their business all over Japan and overseas to serve customers in any location.

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