Japan's Money Men and Women (Part 1 of 2)
Have you ever wondered about the people who appear on Japanese paper money? Here's a quick two-part article to familiarize you with the famous faces that grace Japan's bank notes.
¥1000: Hideyo Noguchi
Hideyo Noguchi (November 24, 1876 – May 21, 1928), also known as Seisaku Noguchi, was a distinguished Japanese bacteriologist who made the discovery in 1911 that syphilis was the agent/cause of progressive paralytic disease. He was also noted for his use of snake venom in serums.
Between 1984 and 2004, Soseki Natsume (February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916) was observed on the ¥1000 note (see image right, above). Natsume was a Japanese novelist best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, and I Am a Cat. He is widely considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history.
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