Emperor Signature, Seal to Fall outside Digital Archiving

Politics Society

Tokyo, April 4 (Jiji Press)--Public records with the Emperor's handwritten signature and seal as well as cabinet meeting documents signed by ministers are expected to fall outside the scope of the digital archiving promoted by the Japanese government.

The government considers it essential to save such public records in paper form in order to preserve their historical value, officials said.

The Emperor's signature and seal is needed for the promulgation of laws and treaties. Emperor Akihito signed and affixed his seal to the document of the government ordinance on the new Japanese era name "Reiwa," which was announced Monday.

Cabinet ministers by custom put distinctive handwritten signatures called "kao" on cabinet meeting documents.

On March 25, the government adopted a basic policy on the electronic management of administrative records, stipulating that digital versions of administrative records to be drawn up from now on would be systematically managed as the authentic and original texts of such records.

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