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n. pl. hanko or han·kos
A Japanese stamp made of wood, stone, or horn, engraved with the name of an individual, office, or institution and used instead of a signature in official transactions.

[Japanese hanko, probably alteration (taken as if han, seal, stamp + ko, child, also a noun-forming suff.) of earlier hankō, publication, printing : Japanese han, board, block such as those used in woodblock printing (from Middle Chinese pa⋮n´; also the source of Mandarin bàn) + Japanese , to go, circulate (from Middle Chinese xɦja⋮jŋ, also the source of Mandarin xíng).]
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In fact, Japan's hanko association is reportedly advising members to take full advantage of the Olympics tourist boom, offering ivory hankos as the premium product.
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Well-known restaurant concepts of the company include Stefan's Steakhouse, Viihdemaailma Ilona, Classic American Diner, Hanko Sushi, Sandro, Savoy and Teatteri.
It said the investigation found workers in training, not authorized to carry out inspections, were routinely conducting the tests, borrowing and using the 'hanko,' or traditional Japanese seals that often are used in lieu of signatures, of certified personnel.
Workers who didn't have enough experience to do checks borrowed Japanese ''hanko'' seals from authorized employees and stamped documents to show vehicles had passed the tests, according to the company.
What about Robert Garff, chairman of Garff Enterprises, Inc., and his company's educational outreach programs, or Hanko Kiessner, CEO of Packsize International, and his clean air initiative?
Key Personnel: Rudolf Hanko, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer; Walter Kittl, Ph.D., Head Technical Operations; Rene Imwinkelried, Ph.D., Head Science and Development; Marianne Spane, Head Business Development & Sales; Wolfgang Wienand, Head Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions; Peter Kiechle, Ph.D., Compliance Counsel
In Pashto language, competition among new artists would be held by singing traditional 'Tapa' in different styles and modes while singers of Hanko, Saraiki and Kohar languages would be competed by singing different local and traditional songs, said a press release.
There is also an installation of pen strokes, for which the firm commissioned four different artists, and a stamped glass wall of traditional Hanko wax seals at the restaurant's entrance.
"We raced Pam at Hanko, down from Oslo, against Kings and Crown Princes, Olympic gold medallists and wealthy American winners et al and we won the Scandinavian Gold Cup which, in those days, had the cachet of the America's Cup."