Covid Crisis Wreaking Change on Japan’s Business Practices
Hanko goes on the chopping block
By: Todd Crowell
The current pandemic, which has forced millions of salarymen and bureaucrats to work out of their homes, is changing long-honored Japanese business practices including the use of a personal seal known as a hanko to ratify legally important documents. The fax machine may follow.
The hanko, or more commonly called the “chop,” used to be ub…