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Hotels, pharmacists and tax offices -- Japan to go digital in 4 steps

Suga administration plans sweeping reforms as top priority

The reception desk of the Hoshinoya Tokyo in the Otemachi district of Tokyo: The discussed reforms will abolish requirements for guests to fill out registration forms.  

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is breaking down its wide-ranging initiative for regulatory reform into a four-step action plan, starting with scrapping the use of hanko stamps and ending with setting up online payment options for taxes and national insurance, Nikkei has learned.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga considers these reforms the core goal for his tenure. He wants to cut back on the regulations that have prevented the government from going digital in an effort to bolster Japan's productivity and economic activity.

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