The name of Japan’s new Era will be “REIWA” “令和”

Japan has its own calendar linked to the reign of each Emperor. Today is a month ahead of the abdication of the Emperor of Japan on 30th of April. The Government of Japan announced “REIWA” as the name for the new era beginning on 1st of May 2019.

The name “REIWA” comes from a passage of Manyoshu, the oldest collection of Japanese poetry. As PM Abe explained, this name means that culture is born and nurtured when people harmonize their hearts. The official English transcript of PM Abe’s explanation will come up on PM Office’s website shortly.

The name of the current era HEISEI” “平成” (1989 – Present) has a variety of interpretations and English translations but it is said to mean that peace will be achieved.

In the 30 years of HEISEI Japan has sought a more active role as a responsible member of the international community in a wide range of fields including development, Peace Building, Culture and other Global issues.

To mark this historic moment, We will begin a series of HEISEI and Japan posts to highlight topics related to the HEISEI era and Japan, Which will help us contemplate how Japan’s diplomacy should be shaped in the coming era.

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Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary on 1st of April 2019.