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Japan announces new name of the era defining emperor reign

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Japan has revealed the name of the era which will define the new emperor Crown Prince Naruhito’s reign.

The name ‘Reiwa’ is announced for the new era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor. The title was choosen from two Chinese characters, the first meaning ‘good’ or ‘beautiful’ as well as ‘order’ or ‘command’ and the second meaning ‘peace’.

According to various sources, the characters were taken from the Manyoshu, an ancient collection of Japanese poetry, in a break with the tradition of selections from ancient Chinese texts. The name implied culture is born and nourished when people’s hearts are drawn beautifully together. It is selected from a Japanese classical text, it is said that it is a collection which expresses our nation’s rich culture, which we should take pride in, along with our nation’s beautiful nature.

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