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Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for hardworking Japanese

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:17 PM

A survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily shows 45% of Japanese 'felt unhappy' about the 10-day vacation for the Emperor's abdication

Pedestrians take pictures with cherry blossoms in the Japanese capital Tokyo on March 27, 2019.  Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Reiwa: A new era name for Japan ahead of abdication

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:12 PM

The name consists of two characters: 'Rei', which can have meanings related to 'order' but also 'auspicious' and 'Wa', usually translated as 'peace' or 'harmony'

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announces the new era name "Reiwa" duringa press coference at the prime minister's offece in Tokyo on April 1,2019. Japan announced its new imperial era, which will begin next month when Emperor Akihito abdicates, will be known as "Reiwa", a word that includes the character for "harmony". Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP