What’s on the other side of hanko culture?

In the current situation, which was forced to telework due to the influence of Corona, japan’s hanko culture, which has to go to work to push the hanko, has become a social problem.

The reason why hanko is required for internal documents is that decision-making related to the contents of various notifications and decision-making decisions has the meaning as a “trail” of whether or not the actions of the right authority, and by imposing the physical constraints of hanko, it can be said that it is confirmed that the intention of the person is definitely the intention of the right holder. In other words, if it is possible to confirm that the contents of the notification documents and the declaration of intention in the decision judgment are the acts of a legitimate right holder or person in charge, it is not necessary to rely on hanko.

Rather, the risk of the use of a simple hanko is higher, and it is possible to reduce the risk on internal control by implementing a workflow system to perform system-based authority management and to keep electronic records.

In particular, major companies such as listed companies are required to build advanced internal control systems from the viewpoint of fraud prevention, and from the viewpoint of increasing operational efficiency, it is reasonable to argue that each company needs to take this opportunity to review Japan’s hanko culture and break away from paper culture using IT technology.

However, in Japan, where IT has become so popular, even internal documents that do not need to be paper no matter how you think about it, why is there still a world of paper and hanko?

There may be a variety of reasons for this, but i think that one of them is that the stamping procedure was one of the means of communication between the approver’s boss and the applicant, rather than just approval as a business procedure.

The approving boss may have conveyed encouragement and caution with subtle nuances, rather than texts that remain as evidence of electronic approval when reading the situation, urgency, and the amount of heat of the person in charge from the situation of the applicant who came to get the hand.

Moreover, since it is generally said that a person makes a decision in an emotional element while making a logical decision material when making a decision, there may be a sense of resistance to pressing the approval button without feelings for the approver, and there may be a repulsion to the relative fading of his presence as an approver.

It seems to have been a very human smell of the age when the company in Japan was a life-long employment system, and, in a sense, it was a good old Japan way of reading the nuance son of the age when the company in Japan was a lifetime employment system as a reality not good or bad.

I remembered the story of “diagonal hanko” that I heard from a senior of the company in old times when I had just become a member of society.

Looking at the hanko lined up in the stamp column in the upper right corner of the proposal, the senior said, “There will be a handkerchief that is pushed straight and pushed diagonally for a moment. Do you know what it means? And…

“The hanko that is pushed a little diagonally, i’m not completely convinced, but because it means only approval in view of the situation of various people, i need to follow them individually,” for me of the new recruits, i was taught almost occult-like art.

When i was talking about such a yota, the president Yamamoto said, “I don’t want to make an application with a video. I also came with a pin to the word which said.

Yes, even the meeting is a situation that teams and Zoom are doing. If communication is needed in the approval process, it would be a good idea for the applicant to apply for the video’s comments and the approver to return the comments in the video. If we can supplement to some extent the sharing of nuances that are difficult to convey by text alone, it is indeed Japanese, and it is an interesting idea that is not likely elsewhere.

Even for free, in our product SmartDB is the theme of “reducing the inventory of decision-making”, and approval in the smartphone app utilizing skimmer time, “from the palm of all business” in the theme, where we are focusing on the development of SmartDB clients that start the business of smartphones.

In that case, let’s start the business process in the form of attaching an application form to the video that took a selfie with the smartphone. Because the discussion was excited at a stretch in the condition, and have you put the video comment function in the development plan of SmartDB in a hurry, and somehow in the summer to be able to put out the first shot to the world, it is under intensive development now.

Since it is still in the planning and development stages, although it is quite brave, as an example of smartdb being a cloud service that will continue to evolve in the future, we have introduced “Nori” of the development site.

I will do my best to see the actual movement as soon as possible. For me, it’s an image of a picture of a wall in thunderbirds i saw as a child, but probably no one will sympathize with me.
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Maekawa @ Dream Arts

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