Japan Govt to Narrow Down New Era Name List on April 1


Tokyo, March 25 (Jiji Press)--The government plans to narrow down the list of proposals on Japan's new era names on April 1, when it will pick and announce the next era name, government sources said Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will pick up around three new era name candidates from some 20 to 30 proposals to be submitted by scholars commissioned by the government, the sources said.

Soon after hearing opinions from a panel of experts and the heads and deputy heads of both chambers of parliament, the government will make its final selection at a cabinet meeting, the sources said.

The government will follow procedures used to select the current era name of Heisei in 1989 when deciding on a name for the next era.

On March 14, the government officially commissioned a few specialists in Japanese and Chinese literature and Japanese and Oriental history to make proposals for the new era name.

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