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REIWA

Since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida launched his administration in 2021, he has vowed to boost spending by trillions of yen to tackle some deep-rooted issues. But how exactly the government will fund such efforts remains unclear.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 8, 2023
Private group calls for independent body to monitor long-term fiscal policy
The proposal suggests future projections can help citizens think more seriously about how fiscal matters could affect future generations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 9, 2023
Bill to promote LGBTQ understanding passes key step in Japan's Lower House
Discussions took place at an unusual speed, with the committee approving the proposal after only a few hours of debate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2023
Japan opposition party lawmaker Hakase Suidobashi resigns
The comedian-turned-politician of Reiwa Shinsengumi had stopped his political activities in October last year after being diagnosed with depression.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 14, 2022
With new group, prefectural governors take aim at Tokyo's dominance
Nearly half of Japan's 47 prefectural governors formed the group amid frustration with the government's slow progress in reducing the concentration of people and firms in the capital.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 7, 2022
Japan’s oldest and youngest political parties court disaffected voters
Despite similarities in their platforms, the two parties' voting blocs come from completely different generations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / EXPLAINER
Oct 13, 2021
Major opposition parties in Japan unite in attempt to dislodge LDP
The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Japanese Communist Party and two other groups have pursued unified policies and candidates, but tensions remain in some areas.
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CULTURE / Film
Sep 3, 2020
‘Reiwa Uprising’: Political passions make for a compelling watch
Kazuo Harau2019s documentary about the Reiwa Shinsengumi political partyu2019s 2019 campaign is worth sitting through even though it's just over four hours long.
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JAPAN / Politics
Jun 15, 2020
Reiwa Shinsengumi leader Taro Yamamoto to run for Tokyo governor
The actor-turned-politician has pledged to make the cancellation of the Tokyo Games his first order of business should he be elected in the July 5 poll.
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JAPAN
May 1, 2020
Emperor Naruhito upholds tradition and searches for role in first year of reign
The imperial couple have been receiving updates on the virus crisis from medical experts, including a private lecture at the palace on April 10.
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JAPAN
Apr 14, 2020
Crown prince proclamation ceremonies postponed amid outbreak
The government said Tuesday it has postponed this month's ceremonies to celebrate Crown Prince Akishino's ascent to first in line to the chrysanthemum throne amid the new coronavirus outbreak.
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CULTURE / Books / RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ABOUT JAPAN
Feb 8, 2020
'The Japanese Linguistic Landscape': Essays on language by the man behind 'Reiwa'
For the student lost in the midst of memorizing kanji, it's easy to forget that languages are molded not just by the sharp corners of reality but also by the careful caressing of poets. What a joy it is then to have this window into the poetic beauty behind some "quintessential words."
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JAPAN
Dec 30, 2019
Government asked that new imperial name come from 'Manyoshu' just nine days before announcement
The government asked the literary scholar who proposed "Reiwa" as the current era name to come up with a candidate from the "Manyoshu," Japan's oldest known poetry anthology, just nine days before the name was to be announced, according to sources.
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COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Dec 23, 2019
The Reiwa Daijosai: Pomp, circumstance and litigation
The separation of church and state in Japan comes under scrutiny in the new era. However, we've been down this road before.
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JAPAN / Media / BIG IN JAPAN
Dec 21, 2019
Japanese media pundits deliver their verdicts on 2019's hit products
While consumers may take ownership of certain products for granted, there's something reaffirming about acquiring a product that's been designated a hit, and my experiences over the years tell me Japanese aren't especially different from other nationalities in this regard.
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JAPAN
Dec 17, 2019
Japanese artists celebrate Reiwa Era at Sydney Opera House
The largest-ever gathering of traditional Japanese artists in Sydney performed together on Monday in celebration of the new imperial era, Reiwa, at the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House.
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JAPAN
Dec 12, 2019
Rei (令), first character of Reiwa era name, picked as Japan's kanji of the year
The character "rei" (令) — as used in the era name of Reiwa, which has been translated to mean "beautiful harmony" — was chosen as kanji of the year, the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation announced Thursday.
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JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Nov 30, 2019
Taro Yamamoto blurs the popular line on climate change
Climate change is not much of a social issue in Japan. Even in the wake of three recent weather-related disasters, there has been little discussion across the political spectrum that climate change contributed to them. In Europe and the United States, left-leaning groups demand action to mitigate the effects of climate change, which they say is the result of human activity, while right-leaning groups tend to dismiss human impact and even question whether climate change is real. 
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 7, 2019
Lawmaker with ALS becomes first in Japan to use speech synthesizer during Diet session
A lawmaker with severe physical disabilities attended his first parliamentary interpellation Thursday since being elected in July and became the first lawmaker in Japan to use an electronically generated voice during a Diet session.
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 6, 2019
Disabled Japanese lawmaker makes history as first in wheelchair to attend Q&A session
A lawmaker with severe physical disabilities highlighted the various difficulties disabled people encounter in their daily lives on Tuesday as she attended her first question and answer session in the Diet since she was elected in July.
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COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 5, 2019
Is hope really on the horizon in Japan?
A series of external and internal challenges await the nation, and the years ahead looking anything but hopeful.

Longform

Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves