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Firms preparing for Emperor’s abdication

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Companies are poised to accelerate work to cope with changes associated with the Emperor’s abdication and Crown Prince’s accession to the throne in 2019, including the introduction of the country’s new era name.

Some companies, including calendar and diary makers, use the Japanese era name in their products or services, or their systems.

The Imperial House Council agreed Friday that the Emperor will step down on April 30, 2019, in the country’s first Imperial abdication in about 200 years, and Crown Prince will accede to the throne on May 1, 2019, when the era name is also set to change from the current Heisei. The abdication and succession dates will be formalized at a cabinet meeting Dec. 8.

Calendar and diary makers have called for early announcements on a new era name and related information. Work to print 2019 calendars would normally start this month. If the start is delayed, calendar makers may fail to meet delivery deadlines or orders, said an official of an association of calendar makers.

Calendar makers are especially paying attention to changes in holidays, including the Emperor’s birthday, currently on Dec. 23. The difference in calendars of weekdays written in black and holidays in red is important, a senior official of calendar maker Todan Co. said. The birthday of Crown Prince is Feb. 23.

“We want necessary information at an early stage,” said an official of JMA Management Center Inc., known for its Nolty brand diary products.Speech

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