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01/05/2019 The Japanese Era Reiwa begins

After 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne, Emperor Akihito of Japan abdicated in 2019, being the first Japanese emperor to do so since 1817. This marked the end of the Heisei era and the inception of the Reiwa era, and will precipitate numerous festivities leading up to the accession of his son and successor, Emperor Naruhito.