The name of Japan’s new era will be #REIWA #令和!
Japan has its own calendar linked to the reign of each Emperor. Today, a month ahead of the #abdication of the #Emperor of Japan on April 30, Japan - The Government of Japan announced REIWA as the name for the new era beginning on May 1.
The name “REIWA” comes from a passage of #Manyoshu, the oldest collection of Japanese poetry. As PM Abe explained, this name means that culture is born and nurtured when people harmonize their hearts. (Official English transcript of PM Abe’s explanation will come up on PM Office’s website shortly.)
The name of the current era “#HEISEI” “平成” (1989-present) has a variety of interpretations and English translations, but it is said to mean that peace will be achieved.
In the 30 years of HEISEI, Japan has sought a more active role as a responsible member of the international community in a wide range of fields including development, peacebuilding, culture and other global issues.
To mark this historic moment, we will begin a series of HEISEI and Japan posts to highlight topics related to the HEISEI era and Japan, which will help us contemplate how Japan’s diplomacy should be shaped in the coming era.