Currency: A Colorful Look and a New Feel

For 25 years the face of Shotoku, the prince of sagely virtue who drafted Japan's first constitution more than a dozen centuries ago, has calmly but sternly graced Japanese bank notes. But the prince is being deposed. On Nov. 1, he will be replaced on 10,000 yen notes (about $40) by a more modern figure, Yukichi Fukuzawa, an important figure in the Westernization of Japan in the 19th century. On 5,000 yen bills, where Shotoku had also ruled, goes Inazo Nitobe, an official in the old League of Nations. The new face on a 1 ,000 yen note is...

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