Understanding Production Insurance in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide | September 2023

Production Insurance in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide


Greetings from DFS Productions! As the world of filmmaking continues to evolve, the importance of understanding the intricacies of production insurance, especially in a unique market like Japan, cannot be understated. With its rich cinematic history and thriving contemporary film industry, Japan offers immense opportunities for filmmakers. However, navigating the landscape requires a deep dive into the intricacies of production insurance. Let’s embark on an illustrative journey to decipher this vital aspect of filmmaking in Japan.

The Importance of Production Insurance in Japan’s Filmmaking Landscape

Filmmaking is by nature a blend of art and logistics. While the artistic aspect is in the spotlight, the logistical challenges often remain behind the scenes. Production insurance stands as a sentinel, protecting filmmakers from unforeseen challenges. In a country like Japan, where tradition meets modernity, understanding the local nuances of insurance is critical. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, ensuring the safety of both crew and equipment is paramount.

Equipment Damage & Theft

One of the cornerstones of production insurance is equipment protection. In Japan, the fair market value of equipment, especially that owned by crew members, determines coverage.

An illustrative example: A camera that cost ¥1,000,000 three years ago is depreciating. According to Japanese insurance standards, its current insurance value would be ¥700,000. Here’s how the depreciation model works

  • 100% = Bought this year
  • 90% = Bought 1 year ago
  • … and so on.

Rental equipment offers a streamlined process, but personal equipment requires meticulous detail.

Accidents, injuries and their consequences

The unpredictable nature of filmmaking often leads to unforeseen challenges. Personal accident insurance protects against these uncertainties, covering injuries and ensuring that a project doesn’t get derailed. It’s important to note that certain conditions, such as COVID-19, are exceptions.

Location Liability and Third Party Damages

Filmmaking is as much about the story as it is about the location. Whether you’re capturing the neon-lit streets of Shibuya or the tranquil bamboo grove of Arashiyama, it’s important that the location remains undisturbed. Film location liability insurance in Japan takes this into account, covering damage to property or injury to bystanders. However, there are specific exclusions, such as damage to drones or artwork.

The DFS Productions Advantage

At DFS Productions, we have traveled the vibrant world of Japanese filmmaking, gaining insight and experience. Our goal has always been to ensure that filmmakers, both local and international, can focus on their art while we take care of the logistics. Our experienced team, equipped with local knowledge and global expertise, ensures that every production venture is both artistically rewarding and logistically seamless.

Conclusion: The Road Ahead

As filmmakers venture into the captivating world of Japanese cinema, understanding the intricacies of production insurance is one step toward ensuring success. This guide, while illustrative, is intended to shed light on the general landscape. At DFS Productions, we stand ready to guide, assist and ensure that your filmmaking journey in Japan is nothing short of spectacular.