Aso Announces Renewal Of Banknotes

Aso announces renewal of banknotes

Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has announced plans to renew the design of the nation's banknotes.

The design of three different banknotes will be amended -- the first changes since 2004 -- in order to prevent forgeries.

Aso said the new 10,000-yen note will feature Eiichi Shibusawa, a famed industrialist in modern Japan.

The 5,000-yen note will carry an image of Umeko Tsuda, a pioneer in women's education in Japan. The 1,000-yen note will feature bacteriologist Shibasaburo Kitasato.