- “Mutual Legal Assistance” (MLA) referred here means the cooperation on provision of evidence(s) necessary for a criminal investigation or prosecution of a foreign State, based on the request by that State.
- Japan will provide the assistance to the request on criminal investigation and prosecution thus the requests of MLA to Japan should be initiated by the prosecuting and/or investigating authorities of the requesting State. “Investigating authorities” means any authority which conducts criminal investigation, including, for instance, Juge d’instruction in
- Japan can provide assistance to a State without a mutual legal assistant treaty (MLAT) with Japan. Such assistance can be provided based on the principle of reciprocity.
- If a request comes from a State Party to a MLAT/ MLAA (mutual legal assistant agreement) with
International Affairs Division,
Criminal Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Justice
External Links Japanese Government International Bodies - UNODC MLAT Partners