FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito, right, accompanied by Crown Prince Naruhito, walks away after greeting well-wishers when they appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace to mark the emperor's 85th birthday in Tokyo. What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you’re a Japanese citizen awaiting the official announcement Monday. April 1, 2019 of what the soon-to-be-installed new emperor’s next era will be called. It’s a proclamation that has happened only twice in nearly a century, and the new name will follow Emperor Naruhito, after his May 1 investiture, for the duration of his rule, attaching itself to much of what happens in Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):
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Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."
Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of "Heisei" coming to an end. The new era takes effect May 1.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the name draws from the 7th century poetry collection "Manyoshu."
Suga said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would explain the meaning of the name later at a news conference.
It is believed to be the first time the era name, or "gengo" has been taken from a Japanese document, a break from more than 1,300 years of using Chinese classics.
Japan's government is holding top-secret meetings to decide a new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne from his father May 1.
Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of "Heisei" coming to an end.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government later Monday will unveil the era name, or "gengo," for Naruhito's reign.
It comes a month ahead of the switch to allow the government, businesses and other sectors time to adjust to the change that still affects many parts of Japan's society, even though the system is not compulsory and the emperor has no political power under Japan's postwar constitution.