People in Japan Hope for Peace in New Era


Tokyo, May 1 (Jiji Press)--People in Japan expressed hopes for peace as Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne and the country's new era, Reiwa, opened on Wednesday.

"I love the festive mood, unlike the previous era change to Heisei," said Yoshiaki Sakai, a 77-year-old resident of Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan.

The previous era change followed the death of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously called Emperor Showa, about 30 years ago. The latest Imperial succession came after Emperor Emeritus Akihito abdicated on Tuesday.

Sakai was one of many people who gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. He said he visits the palace every year.

"I felt signs that the new era will be a happy time," said Minako Akanuma, a 27-year-old nurse in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, who visited the palace the day after a trip to the Ise Jingu Shinto shrine complex in Mie Prefecture, also central Japan.

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