Japan Govt Not to Disclose Unpicked Era Name Candidates

Politics

Tokyo, March 26 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has decided not to disclose screened-out candidate names for the next era starting with Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne on May 1, informed sources said Tuesday.

The decision was made according to a precedent set when the government at the time adopted Heisei as the name of the current era in 1989, the sources said.

The new era name will be announced by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at a press conference on April 1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to release a statement the same day.

Suga and Abe will not mention screened-out candidate names or reasons for their exclusion, out of consideration for the possibility of the dropped names being proposed again in the future, the sources said.

The new era name screening process is feared to become opaque, as the Abe government also plans not to make public opinions taken from heads of both chambers of parliament and others as well as the names and the number of scholars asked by the government to come up with candidate names, critics said.

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