The government has decided that the 31st year of Heisei will end with the abdication of Emperor Akihito 120 days into 2019, on April 30. Then on May 1, Crown Prince Naruhito will become emperor and a new nengō (name of the period of reign) will be announced.
In his weekly column in Flash (Dec. 24) titled Nyusu Kuidaore! (Stuff Yourself With News ’til You Drop!), Osaka-based TV personality Jiro Shinbo promised a “bold prediction” for the next nengō to follow Heisei.