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Engravers sweat the details of Japan's next bank notes

Highly skilled artisans receive once-in-a-generation chance to craft masterpieces

An engraver works on a metal plate for a scene that includes the historic Kumamoto Castle.

TOKYO -- As cash-powered Japan redesigns its paper money with cutting-edge counterfeiting protections, engravers painstakingly create master plates by hand, even in an age when such advanced technologies as holograms are transforming the field.

New bills in denominations of 1,000 yen (about $9), 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen will be issued in fiscal 2024 -- the first makeover since 2004.

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