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Japan reveals name of new imperial era

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Japan reveals name of new imperial era

Japan reveals name of new imperial era

Japan's new imperial era to begin on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor, will be called "Reiwa", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday (April 1), a month ahead of Emperor Akihito's abdication.

Anna Bevan reports

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Japan reveals name of new imperial era

Excitement in Japan as the country declares its new imperial era will be called Reiwa.

Crowds gathered in Tokyo to get their hands on these special edition newspapers commemorating the announcement.

The Reiwa era begins on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes the country's emperor.

He's taking over from his father, Emperor Akihito, who abdicates at the end of the month, ending the Heisei era, which began in 1989.

Akihito will be the first emperor to abdicate in Japan in over two centuries.

Imperial era names are widely used in Japan - on coins, calendars, newspapers and in official paperwork.

While the Western calendar has become widespread in the country, many Japanese still count years by imperial eras or use the two systems interchangeably.

This factory in Northern Tokyo has already started to create calendars with the new name.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Reiwa (Ray-ee-Wa) emphasizes the beauty of Japan's traditional culture... And a future where everyone can achieve their dreams, especially the young.



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