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1000 yen Front


1,000 yen [front] Portrait: Hideyo Noguchi
1,000 yen [front] Portrait: Hideyo Noguchi

Size : 76×150mm

Date of first issue : Nov. 1, 2004

Latent pearl image

A security feature unique to the 1,000 yen note. When the banknote is tilted, you can see (1) the Japanese characters meaning "1,000 yen" printed with pearl ink, and (2) the number "1000" as a latent image.


When the banknote is held up to the light, a vertical watermark bar (three bars for the 10,000 yen note, two for the 5,000 yen note) becomes visible. This feature is more difficult to reproduce with personal computers or color copiers than the traditional watermark.

Latent image

When the banknote is viewed from a certain angle, the word "NIPPON" ("Japan" in Japanese) appears on the top right of the back side.

Pearl ink

When viewed from different angles, a semi-transparent pattern printed with pink pearl ink appears in the blank areas of the left and right margins of the front of the note.


The 1,000 yen note has the words "NIPPON GINKO" ("Bank of Japan" in Japanese) printed in micro letters. Micro letters of different sizes are also included in the background design.

Luminescent ink

The Governor's seal on the front side glows orange under ultraviolet light. Likewise, some parts of the background pattern fluoresce yellowish-green.

Intaglio printing

Raised printing is used for selected parts of the design, where ink is raised even higher than the ink on older series of notes. Bank of Japan notes feel rough to the touch.

Tactile marks (intaglio printing)

To assist the visually impaired in detecting the note by touch, a recognition symbol with a rougher texture, printed intaglio, is adopted.

1000 yen Back


1,000 yen [back] Mt.Fuji and cherry blossoms
1,000 yen [back] Mt.Fuji and cherry blossoms

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