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Do Japanese use signatures in the same way that we do? Romantic languages can be written in cursive which people distinguish themselves with enlongated/shortened loops, and other small variations. So, do people in Japan sign things to validate who they are?
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There are three types of writing styles ranging from the legible (normal) to the illegible (normal Japanese can't read). Gomen, I don't have the names in front of me. But this is mainly for calligraphy art.
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i also seem to recall that while non-citizens may adopt a kanji representation for their name, their official-use hanko has to be in katakana. but that could just be hearsay.
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I can't send an image at the moment, and I've been trying to find the kanji used in my name, but it's near impossible. Sorry.
But basically, it is a phonetic translation of my first name. I think it really depends on your name as to whether you want it in kanji or katakana - some look cool one way and not so much the other. Ah, nice to have choices.
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I'm a non-citizen, but my hanko is in kanji. I've been using it for 3 years and no-one has said anything, so i guess it's ok!
Since hankos are for signature purposes rather than for reading, it's perfectly acceptable and common for foreigners to have kanji for their hanko. Choosing kanji for one's actual name, though, sometimes confuses people and just generally looks strange.
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Before I had a hanko, I had a lot of problems... since hanko are standard fare for signing documents, and even if you don't have one most people's kanji is only 4 characters for their whole name, the box for signing your name is usually.... the size of a hanko stamp. Manually writing 4 kanji in there is pretty simple, but when I had to try and squeeze my 11 katakana characters in there, I never had enough space!!
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