Japan starts printing new banknotes

NHK -- Sep 02
Japan has started printing new 10,000 yen banknotes which are expected to enter circulation in the first half of fiscal 2024.

A ceremony was held on Wednesday at a plant of the National Printing Bureau in Tokyo to commemorate the start of printing. Finance Minister Aso Taro attended.

The new note features Shibusawa Eiichi, a famed industrialist in modern Japan. He is known as the "father of Japanese capitalism." The reverse side features the Tokyo Station building.

The banknote is the first to incorporate a new kind of holograms to make it difficult to counterfeit. The bill also features new, high-definition watermark patterns.

It has an uneven thickness to help people with visual impairment identify it by touch. The figure 10,000 is printed in a large font to make it easier to read.

Aso said the note is appropriate for the era as it incorporates state-of-the-art technologies to prevent counterfeiting and its design makes it easy for everyone to use.

The finance ministry says printing of new 1,000 yen and 5,000 yen notes will begin around the autumn this year.

They are expected to enter circulation in the first half of fiscal 2024 after modifications to ATMs and other machines are completed.

3年後に発行される新しい1万円札の印刷が1日から始まりました。  印刷は麻生財務大臣や日銀の黒田総裁が出席して始まりました。  新しい1万円札には、第一国立銀行などを設立して「日本の資本主義の父」とされる渋沢栄一の肖像がデザインされています。  3Dホログラムという世界最新の技術で渋沢の肖像画が回転して表示され、偽造防止を図っています。  この秋からは「女子教育の先駆者」の津田梅子を描いた5千円札や医学の発展に貢献した北里柴三郎を描いた千円札の印刷も順次、始まります。  新しい紙幣の発行は2024年度上期に予定されています。 - ANNnewsCH