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New era name to be unveiled summer ’18

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government is considering announcing in advance the date for the Emperor’s abdication and the new era name in summer 2018, officials said Thursday.

The Emperor’s abdication and Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne are highly likely to take place in late December 2018, the officials also said.

The new era that will follow the current Heisei era is seen starting on Jan. 1, 2019. The government hopes to give the nation four to five months to prepare for the era change, according to the officials.

“We hope the Imperial succession will be smooth,” an official said.

An era change on New Year’s Day makes it unnecessary to reprint calendars and adjust computer systems in the middle of a year. This helps reduce economic loss and prevent confusion.

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