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Suntory to discontinue use of hanko seals that stand in the way of teleworking

  • May 28, 2020
  • , NHK
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NHK reported that major beverage maker Suntory Holdings has decided to conduct a fundamental review of its work style premised on employees reporting to the office and gradually abolish the use of hanko seals starting next month by introducing an electronic clearing system. The network said about 7,000 employees, or 90% of the group’s employees, are continuing to telework even after the lifting of the state of emergency, adding, however, that some employees have been required to go to the office as many as 20 times to affix seals to contracts and invoices. The network said that with the introduction of the electronic clearing system, the company is hoping to eliminate 60,000 hours of work annually as employees will be able to have contracts approved online.

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