Japan to Follow Previous Procedures to Pick New Era Name

Politics Society

Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government confirmed Friday that it will follow the previous procedures taken to pick the current era name of Heisei when choosing a name for the new era.

The decision was made at the first meeting held by a committee, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, to discuss the selection process for the new era name. The members included the director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau and the vice minister at the Cabinet Office.

The government will announce the name for the new era on April 1, ahead of the shift in era on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the throne, succeeding Emperor Akihito.

Suga revealed at a press conference on Friday that the government will promulgate an ordinance establishing the new era name on April 1.

Guidelines for the selection process of a new era name stipulate that the government holds discussions with a panel of experts to seek the members' opinions and the prime minister asks the chiefs and deputy chiefs of both chambers of parliament about their views on the matter.

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