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Japan passports adopt complex ukiyo-e for maximum protection

Hokusai's famous prints of Mount Fuji to thwart forgery

"Fine Wind, Clear Morning," part of the "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.

TOKYO -- Japan will begin issuing passports as soon as next month that feature ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai's famous woodblock prints of Mount Fuji -- a new design meant to help thwart forgery.

Elements of Hokusai's early 19th century "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," one of Japan's best-known works of art, will feature on inside pages of the new passports.

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