Japan Govt Making Every Effort to Keep New Era Name Secret

Politics

Tokyo, March 31 (Jiji Press)--The government is making every effort to keep information on the new Japanese era name, including on candidate names, secret until its announcement scheduled for Monday.

The government is even checking plants inside the prime minister's office for any bugging device.

"It is also my duty to carry out events related to the Imperial succession smoothly," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a street speech in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Saturday. "We'll move forward (preparations) steadily so Japanese people will celebrate the succession," he added.

The new era name proposals are kept at a safe in the Cabinet Secretariat.

The government will present them to members of a panel of experts at a meeting from 9:30 p.m. on Monday (12:30 a.m. GMT), followed by a hearing with the speaker and vice speaker of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, and the president and vice president of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber.

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