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The new imperial era Reiwa has started, bringing an end to the 31-year Heisei Era.

It has been approximately three years since Emperor Akihito manifested his will to stand down till Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne. The succession of the Chrysanthemum Throne followed by an abdication was an unprecedented event in the history of constitutional government, something no Japanese had ever experienced. As it was a “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in real life, various matters of concern and anxiety were raised pending the transition. However, despite such apprehension, the transition process has so far been successful, receiving reactions far more positive than expected.

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