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Japan will issue new banknotes

The banknotes will print images of the greatest scientists in the japanese history

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/NOVOSTIVL/ The government on Tuesday announced a redesign for ¥10,000, ¥5,000 and ¥1,000 bank notes, adding new technology to prevent counterfeits. This article appeared in The Japan Times.

The new designs will be introduced in the first half of fiscal 2024, Finance Minister Taro Aso said.

The new ¥10,000 bill will feature Eiichi Shibusawa (1840-1931), a banker and business leader dubbed "the father of Japanese capitalism." Shibusawa played a key role in modernizing the Japanese economy, Aso said. The back side of the bill will feature an illustration of the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station.

The ¥5,000 bill will feature Umeko Tsuda (1864-1929), the founder of Tsuda University in Tokyo, who studied in the U.S. and became a pioneer in the education of Japanese women in early 20th century. The back side will feature an illustration of wisteria flowers.

The ¥1,000 bill will feature Shibasaburo Kitasato (1853-1931), a bacteriologist who helped build the foundation for modern medical science in Japan. The opposite side will feature "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," the famous woodblock print by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.

A portrait on the new bills will be rendered as a 3D hologram, which the Finance Ministry said is a world first for currency.

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