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19 June


Japan publish all versions of the next era`s names

Previously, the government chose the name "Reiwa"

Photo: Kyodo

/NOVOSTIVL/ Five of the potential names for Japan’s next era that were unsuccessful at the final stage came to light Tuesday, a day after the government selected Reiwa from the six finalists. This article appeared in The Japan Times.

The five other candidates were Eiko, Kyuka, Koshi, Banna and Banpo, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Three of the six shortlisted candidates were derived from Japanese classical literature and the rest from Chinese classics. Reiwa was taken from "Manyoshu", the oldest existing collection of Japanese poems.

Reiwa will succeed the current era name of Heisei on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito accedes the throne, following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito, set for April 30.

The government has no plans to disclose unsuccessful candidate names for the forthcoming era or their creators.