April 1, 2019 6:50 AM Subscribe
The Japanese government announces the name of the incoming imperial era. The period of the reign of the incoming Emperor Naruhito, which begins on 1 May, will be known as the Reiwa period, meaning “decree of peace” or “orderly command of peace”. It follows the Heisei era, which began in 1989, with the ascent of Emperor Akihito. The choice of the name Reiwa is not without controversy; it is the first era name taking its characters from Japanese, rather than Chinese, classical literature. Meanwhile, some have pointed to the characters, and the fact that the second one appears in “Yamato”, an archaic name for Japan with militaristic connotations, as having authoritarian overtones.
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