For some, era system is unnecessary in modern-day Japan

National Apr 1, 2019

For some, era system is unnecessary in modern-day Japan

As use of the Gregorian calendar has become more prevalent in the postwar period, some see the Japanese era system — which has been in use for more than 1,300 years — as unnecessary and no longer relevant to modern society. Some argue that the ...

LIVESTREAM: Japan announces name of new era

National Apr 1, 2019

LIVESTREAM: Japan announces name of new era

In a much awaited moment heralding the opening of a new chapter in Japan's history, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is to announce Monday the name of the new Imperial era, taking one of the final steps toward initiating the nation's first imperial succession ...

Businesses await Japan's new era name as Emperor's abdication looms

National Feb 9, 2017

Businesses await Japan's new era name as Emperor's abdication looms

Calendar and diary manufacturers are keeping close tabs on the government debate about the likely upcoming change in the Imperial era name, which is linked to the reigning emperor, as they prepare to market new products. Following Emperor Akihito's video message last August expressing his ...