An illustration by a 9-year-old boy from Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, has been chosen among six winners of a competition to design coins to commemorate reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The Finance Ministry unveiled the winning designs on May 29, including fourth-grader Taichi Kojima’s depiction of a boy holding national flags in his hands and saying, “Cheer up, Japan.”
There were 2,673 entries from across the country. The coins will be given to holders of large quantities of government bonds.
The interest on reconstruction bonds is lower than ordinary government bonds. The extra money will be used for disaster reconstruction.
The government will give a 10,000-yen ($126) gold coin for every bond holding worth 10 million yen and a 1,000-yen silver coin for every bond holding worth 1 million yen as of July 15, 2015, three years after the issuance of national bonds.
The six designs will be used on one side of the coins, while the “miracle pine tree” of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, which withstood the tsunami, will be featured on the other side.
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