In Japan, instead of signature, ppl should have their own stamp seal-inkan for official documents purpose. Notably, the practice of using seals instead of signature can be found in China and Korea too, I guess..
For sure, all Japanese possess it, but not foreigners.
Like me, what I did before was telling that I own no seal stamp, and asked for hand signature instead.
Regarding to the fraud(詐欺ーsagi) I faced, I had to go thru so many details of the official documents while hand signature is also not permitted.
That’s why I finally made up my mind to have my own stamp seal-inkan. Moreover, I think it’ll be another 2 years to go plus consideration of certain cases in the future require seal as a must.
As for the common inkan, they can be found ranging in price. Starting as lowest as 100yen(abt 8,500Rupiah / almost 1 USD) to the expensive ones depends on its quality.
It can easily be found in the 100yen shop and since it’s the family name used, usually if it’s common Japanese typical names then it’s ready stock. But for foreigners, it is a customization work which means cost more expensive and require time too.
Guess how much was my inkan? I already knew that it will be costly since the number of letters are going to be calculated. I was just curious how much for my full name inkan and tempted to ask the price.
Yeah, ha ha.. The price shocked me : almost 8,000yen (abt 680,000 Rupiah / 70 USD).
So I made as simple as willy-ウィリ only, and it cost me much cheaper.
So here’s my first inkan, feel another excitement and also considering me like an China emperor. ha ha..