Name of Japan's Next Era to Be Announced around Noon on Monday
Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering announcing the name of the country's next era, which will succeed the current Heisei, around noon on Monday (3 a.m. GMT), informed sources said Wednesday.
On Monday, a series of procedures related to the selection of the new era name will start in the morning and last for up to about two hours and 20 minutes, according to the sources.
Firstly, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will present around three era name candidates at a meeting of a relevant panel of experts and to the heads and deputy heads of both chambers of the Diet, Japan's parliament, and seek their opinions.
Next, all cabinet ministers will have a meeting and narrow down the candidates to one, and then a cabinet meeting will be held to adopt an ordinance to formalize the new era name.
Immediately afterward, Suga will announce the new era name at a news conference, to be held around noon. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also release a statement on the name of the next era.
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