Lusaka, April 3, 2019, ZANIS---The Japanese Government has disclosed that the new era following the abdication of Emperor Akihito will be called Reiwa.

Japan announced on Monday April 1, 2019, that Cabinet had decided to name the new lmperial era that will follow the accession to the throne of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito.

The Japanese Government stated that the new lmperial era of Reiwa will come into effect on May 1, 2019, when Emperor Akihito abdicates the throne on April 30, 2019.

According to a press statement issued by the Japanese Embassy to the Zambia News and Information Services in Lusaka yesterday, the new lmperial era was taken from a Japanese classical literature for the first time in the country’s history.

The name Reiwa was formulated based on the poems from “Manyoshu”, the oldest existing compilation of Japanese poetry.