A long-term foreign resident living in Kanagawa Prefecture has revealed she is often given permission to just sign for it.
Louise Connor says she’s not that keen on hankoing and will tell prospective hanko stamp solicitors she’s never had one.
“If I’m asked for my hanko stamp, I say I’ve never even been involved with any sort of hankoing,” says Connor.
“That is if I haven’t already told them I ‘nihongo tebemasen’, in which case they won’t even ask for one.”
Connor purchased a hand-made “コナー” hanko stamp around 7 years ago during her first year in Japan after a real estate agent forced her to buy one.