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Japan's Reiwa era

Imperial eras still resonate in Japan despite Western calendar

Companies race to prepare for May 1 start of Reiwa era

The name of the new Imperial era, Reiwa, as written by a calligrapher on behalf of a calendar maker.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Even as globalization pushes Japan toward the Western calendar, many Japanese still support the parallel use of Imperial eras as they have come to define the periods people have lived in.

Japan has picked Reiwa as the name of the era that starts on May 1 under a new emperor. While the huge volumes of goods and information crossing borders have made the shift to the Western calendar inevitable, experts predict people will continue to use Imperial era years to preserve a Japanese tradition.

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