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The government started examining July 3 the possible abolition of current regulations that require the public to use “hanko” seals for administrative formalities, according to a high-ranking government official.

Administrative vice ministers of all government ministries and agencies agreed to review the use of hanko and draft guidelines by the end of August on simplifying procedures, Teijiro Furukawa, deputy chief Cabinet secretary, said after the meeting. “We agreed that each of the 22 ministries and agencies will first discuss whether the practice is necessary for each administrative document,” Furukawa told reporters.

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