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Japan's new emperor Naruhito formally ascends to throne as Reiwa era begins ©Guardian News
2019 May 1

Reiwa period

Tokyo, Japan

Reiwa is the current era of Japan's official calendar. It began on 1 May 2019, the day on which Emperor Akihito's elder son, Naruhito, ascended the throne as the 126th Emperor of Japan. The day before, Emperor Akihito abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne, marking the end of the Heisei era. Reiwa is interpreted as "beautiful harmony".