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Hanko in Japan: why is it necessary?

What is a hanko (inkan)? Nowhere else on earth is the name seal as popular as it is in Japan. Here, the name seal replaces your signature. Every registration, bank account, insurance or other document requires a stamp with your name. Any Japanese or foreign person living in Japan for a long period of time…

Inkan: the Essential Ink Stamps Everyone in Japanese Has

If you are staying in Japan long-term, you need to have a personal seal / stamp called Inkan or Hanko, along with your signature for opening a bank account, submitting documents at the city office, signing papers in your office or other needs. What is an Inkan? jp.fotolia.com/ Inkan is the personal identification stamp that…