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Japan to say goodbye to hanko stamps and piles of paper by year-end

Government council will outline big changes at Wednesday meeting

Hanko stamps are required for many official documents in Japan, impeding digitization.

TOKYO -- Rules standing in the way of digitizing government in Japan, such as requirements to submit certain forms in person or with hanko stamps, could see their days numbered Wednesday when a key panel announces plans for an end-of-the-year overhaul of administrative rules.

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