Before Heisei, Era Names Finally Determined by Emperors


Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)--While the name of a new Japanese era following the current Heisei will be finalized at a cabinet meeting on Monday, the final decision on an era name was left to the Emperor of each period before Heisei in Japan's modern history.

Especially, Meiji (1868-1912) was selected by lot drawn by Emperor Mutsuhito, then 15, from among three final candidate names, according to Japanese era name dictionaries and other sources.

The final candidates were submitted by former Fukui domain lord Matsudaira Yoshinaga, who was serving in a key post in a modern government created in the state reform process now called Meiji Restoration.

Taisho (1912-1926) as the name of the following era was first adopted by parliament and then approved by Emperor Yoshihito.

It was one of three options presented by then Prime Minister Kinmochi Saionji to Aritomo Yamagata, then president of the Privy Council, the supreme advisory body for the Emperor.

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