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Japan to enter new Reiwa Era

Date: 09 April 2019 Tags: International Events
  • Japan, the world’s oldest continuous monarchy will undergo change of epoch, when Emperor Akihit will step down and his son, crown prince Naruhito, will be crowned to throne at end of april
  • The reign of each emperor is defined by gengo, or ‘era name’.
  • Emperor Akihito rule was “Heisei” meaning achieving peace and Naruhito’s reign will be “Reiwa” meaning “Auspicious/ Beautiful harmony”.
  • For first time in history era name comprising of two kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese language) were drawn from Japanese classical literature, rather than Chinese source, which was traditional source for era names.