Applications for Japan’s new passports featuring woodblock prints of Mount Fuji by Ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai are open.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry said it will start accepting applications today.
Jiji Press reports that passports with a validity of 10 years, will feature 24 designs from the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” series, including “Nihonbashi Bridge in Edo” and “South Wind, Clear Sky.”
According to the news agency, 16 designs will feature in passports valid for five years.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry says the colour-printed different designs are expected to help prevent forgery, adding that improved built-in chips can better protect personal data from theft.
Jiji Press reports the new passports will be issued in four to six business days.
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