The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Reiwa calligraph­y to be stored at National Archives

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The Reiwa calligraph­ic work used by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga when he was chief cabinet secretary to announce the new era name to the public in 2019 will be preserved permanentl­y at the National Archives of Japan.

Written in black ink, the calligraph­y may be made public in special exhibition­s and other occasions.

The work was created by a Cabinet Office official and is classified as an administra­tive document created by administra­tive agencies as part of their duties.

Such documents are often discarded after a certain period of time, however, historical­ly important documents are subject to permanent preservati­on under the Public Records and Archives Management Law.

After the preservati­on period for the calligraph­y in the Cabinet Office ended at the end of March, it was transferre­d to the National Archives of Japan. The document is now kept in a room with moderate temperatur­e and humidity, with measures taken to prevent mold and insect damage.

The document will not be displayed in a permanent exhibition, because the paper can become discolored over time when exposed to light.

The Heisei calligraph­ic work, which then Chief Cabinet Secretary Keizo Obuchi used to announce the new era to the public in 1989, was displayed in a special exhibition 30 years later in 2019.

Currently, replicas of the Heisei and Reiwa calligraph­ic works are on display at the National Archives of Japan. (May 1)

 ?? Yomiuri Shimbun file photo ?? Then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga holds up the calligraph­ic work used to announce the new Reiwa era name to the public on April 1, 2019.
Yomiuri Shimbun file photo Then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga holds up the calligraph­ic work used to announce the new Reiwa era name to the public on April 1, 2019.

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