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¥2,000 bank notes to get boost

Date Posted: 2002-04-22

In an effort to boost the popularity of the ¥2,000 banknotes, Okinawa Prefecture has decided to pay all their workers’ salaries in ¥2,000 notes for four months until July. When the new denomination was introduced in July 2000, Okinawa prefecture officials hoped that the new notes would give a boost Okinawa’s image as the notes have a picture of Surei-no-Mon, and Okinawan landmark on them.

However, the notes have not gained a wide acceptance. Some merchants complain that their coloring is too close to that of ¥5,000 notes, and sometimes cause confusion. Governor Inamine has listed local banks’ support for the campaign and urges the public to follow suit. “I’d like to see people in Okinawa to use this ¥2,000 banknote more. It was launched to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan and also the 2000 G-8 Summit that was held here. If every person in Okinawa uses even one ¥2,000 bank note, it will spread throughout the nation and the world,” Inamine declared when launching the campaign on Friday.

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