Newborns Welcomed on First Day of Japan's Reiwa Era

Society

Tokyo, May 1 (Jiji Press)--Newborns were welcomed in Japan on Wednesday, the first day of its Reiwa era, at hospitals around the nation.

Nine babies were born in the morning at Fukuda Hospital in the southwestern city of Kumamoto. Yurie I, 31, gave birth to her second daughter, 10 days before the due date.

"I didn't expect it would be on the first day of Reiwa," she said with a surprised look.

"It's become all the more memorable," her husband, Kazuaki, 36, said.

They have named the baby Haruka, with hopes that she will become a bright, cheerful child. The first of the two kanji characters for her name denotes sunshine.

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