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Japan's Reiwa era

Japan unveils dawn of the 'Reiwa' era

New period name is the first to be taken from Japanese literature

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name in Tokyo on Monday. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japan unveiled the name of the nation's new era as "Reiwa" on Monday, the first time a phrase from Japanese literature has been used to describe a new emperor's reign.

The announcement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga followed the cabinet's approval, and comes one month before Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the throne on May 1 to officially begin the new era.

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