Japan is so polite even its hanko stamps bow to show respect

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Unique aspect of traditional business etiquette surprises even Japanese people.

The Japanese business world can be a tough one to navigate, with all sorts of customs and protocols designed to show respect and maintain good relations.

One particular facet of Japanese business culture that’s been around for years is the custom of stamping paperwork with a personal seal known as a “hanko”. Used in place of a signature, hanko are required for a number of office situations, but one place where they’re seen most frequently is on documents that need to pass through a number of employees. In this

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