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Japan reveals name of new imperial era will be 'Reiwa'

Baku, April 1, AZERTAC

Japan has announced that the name of its new imperial era, set to begin on 1 May, will be "Reiwa" - signifying order and harmony.

The country's current era, Heisei, will end in a month with Emperor Akihito's historic abdication.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced the highly anticipated name by holding up a board with the characters handwritten on it.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has addressed the nation to explain its meaning.

Each Japanese emperor's reign, or "gengo", is given a name which is then used alongside the Western calendar to mark the years.

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