The name of the era of Japan’s soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be “Reiwa,” the government announced on Monday.
Emperor Akihito is stepping down on April 30, in the first abdication in 200 years, bringing his era of “Heisei” to an end. The new era takes effect May 1.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday the name draws from the 7th century poetry collection “Manyoshu.”
Mr. 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.
The new era’s name was kept strictly secret ahead of Monday’s announcement.
“We hope [the era name] will be widely accepted by the people and deeply rooted as part of their daily lives,” Mr. Suga told reporters showing the name, written in two Chinese characters in black ink calligraphy on a white background.
Mr. Abe said earlier that he hoped the name would “lead to a new era brimming with hope.”