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Issue of new ¥2000 bill to celebrate staging of G8 Summit

By: Kotoko Chinen

Date Posted: 1999-10-08

One of Okinawa’s most famous landmarks, the Shuri-mon gate at Shuri Castle will adorn the new ¥2000 bill, to be issued from July 2000. The Japanese Prime Minister, Keizo Obuchi, made the announcement during the first meeting of his reshuffled Cabinet Tuesday. Issue of the new paper currency will coincide with the staging of the G-8 Summit to be held in Nago City, Okinawa from July 21-23 next year.

With ¥10,000, ¥5000 and ¥1000 bills already in circulation, the new ¥2000 bill be the first to feature a structure in its design. On the front, "Shuri-mon" Gate will be printed and a scene from "Genji Monogatari," the classic Japanese story written by Shikibu Murasaki during the Heian Period, will be on the reverse side.

Shuri Gate was built in 1529, and in 1933, the gate was designated a national treasure by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture. During the Battle of Okinawa in early 1945, the gate was completely destroyed and it wasn’t until 1958 that is was rebuilt. In 1972 it was declared a cultural asset by the Okinawan prefectural government. The issue of the new currency marks the first new bill since 1958 when the ¥10,000 bill was brought into circulation.

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