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Japan enters Reiwa Era on May 1.

Manama, Apr. 8 (BNA): As the reign of each Japanese emperor defines an era in Japan's calendar, the era starting May 1 when the Crown Prince accedes to the throne one day after the Emperor abdicates will be called "Reiwa".

The decision was taken by the cabinet when it convened for its session on April 1, the Japanese embassy in Bahrain announced.

The term 'Reiwa' is made up of two characters 'Rei' and 'Wa'. 'Rei' means 'Beautiful' and 'Wa' means 'Harmony'.

Based on this, 'Reiwa' means that "Culture will be nurtured as people bring their hearts together in a beautiful manner," the embassy said.

The term 'Reiwa' was taken from 'Manyoshu', the oldest anthology of Japanese poems that was compiled about 1,200 years ago.

It is the first time that the name of an era has been taken from classical Japanese literature instead of Chinese one.

The past four eras were the Meiji Era, the Taisho Era, the Showa Era and the Heisei Era.

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Date:Apr 8, 2019
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