Announcement of New Banknote Portraits Prompts Surprise, Joy

Politics Society

Tokyo, April 9 (Jiji Press)--People with connections to the new faces chosen for Japanese paper money set to be redesigned expressed surprise and joy after the government announced the planned banknote renovation on Tuesday.

The new 10,000-yen bill will have a portrait of industrialist Eiichi Shibusawa, while a picture of Umeko Tsuda, a famed educator for women, will be on the new 5,000-yen bill, according to the Finance Ministry. The new 1,000-yen bill will be an image of bacteriologist Shibasaburo Kitasato. The redesigned notes will be circulated from the first half of fiscal 2024.

The city of Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, the birthplace of Shibusawa, updated its website and posted details of the new banknote designs announced by the ministry.

The website noted that some of the bricks used for Tokyo Station's Marunouchi district side building, which will be printed on the reverse of the new 10,000-yen bill, were made by a company established by Shibusawa.

"Shibusawa was in Fukaya until the age of 23, and he continued to visit local festivals after he left the prefecture," Kazumi Kokubo, 73, who works as a volunteer in Fukaya, said. "I want many people to know about his achievements and visit Fukaya," Kokubo said.

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