With Name Fixed, Japan Spurts toward New Imperial Era

Politics Society

Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--A day after its much-awaited announcement of the next Imperial era's name, the Japanese government on Tuesday started in earnest preparations to open the new era, Reiwa, on May 1.

Aiming to minimize the negative impact of the era change on people's daily lives, the government is accelerating work to update computer systems in the public and private sectors, among other tasks.

"We'll finish the updating work by the day when the new era starts or the government reopens (after a 10-day holiday streak through May 6), so the era change is expected to avoid affecting people's daily lives," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on Tuesday.

There are, however, concerns about delays in system updating work at small private companies.

"We'll make every effort for a smooth transition to the new era name, including through the provision of related information by government agencies to organizations and industries under their supervision, as well as to local authorities," Suga stressed.

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