The Hindu Business Line

Japan's new Reiwa era holds promise

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With the choice of the term "Reiwa" to define the incoming era of emperor Naruhito next month, Japan has laid out a path that is true to its own culture and can cement its connectedn­ess with the rest of Asia. The unique way of marking time by making it coterminou­s with the reign of an emperor is today practised only in Japan although the tradition began in ancient China and was once prevalent in the Korean peninsula and Vietnam too.

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