Hanko culture at business situations in Japan

Have you ever heard that an “official seal” or “registered seal” when making a contract with Japanese companies/individuals?
Seals, Hanko in Japanese, have been an important item not only in private life but also in business transactions. They are used to stamp on agreements and contracts as if you sign those in western culture. You can register your own seal to the authority and that helps to prove your identification and to show that contracts and agreements with such registered seals are genuine.

In Japan, electronic contract services are now introduced due to the spreading of COVID-19 infection, but they are still important and necessary items.

If you register your seal to authorities, you can receive a plastic card to obtain a seal certificate, which is required to submit when making important contracts. In other words, you need to have a registered seal and a plastic card for a seal certificate whenever you make a contract.
In case you are not in Japan but you want to manage your business and make a contract with a Japanese client, should you come to Japan only for the seal?? To secure these items and to make a contract with Japanese clients in a timely manner, we can offer “Secretary Service”. Our affiliate law firm will keep the items and they will be used based on your instruction. In addition, you will receive a monthly report for your record.

If you are interested in the service, feel free to contact us.

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