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Digital laggard Japan catches up with law against stamping forms

Suga gets serious on a signature policy to speed benefits payments

Little stamps and red ink pads have long been a part of official paperwork in Japan. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Japan has taken its latest step to bring government at all levels further into the digital age, stung by the experience of last year's slow rollout of economic stimulus payments.

The parliament on Wednesday enacted six laws to promote electronic government, with steps such as ending a widely criticized source of bureaucratic inefficiency -- the use of seals to sign documents.

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