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nobody tells us anything

A minor news item I saw earlier today mentioned some upcoming event that was going to begin under the reign of Emperor Akihito and end under that of Naruhito. I hadn't heard anything about Akihito's reign ending. A quick search revealed that he's planning to abdicate on 30 April of this year, and that his son will take the throne on 1 May; this will be the first such succession in more than 200 years.

I hadn't seen anything about it in American news media, which seem to be totally focused on our own internal political squabbles. On one hand that's a case for paying more attention to overseas news sources, but on the other, why wasn't it in the news as soon as the announcement was made? Or am I just not looking at the right sources?


Apr. 15th, 2019 09:21 pm (UTC)
I've seen the various stages of this process mentioned on the BBC News website over the last few years. Since I work for a company that produces software used in Japan (and many other places), and one of my jobs is reporting external news that's relevant, I had to write up a description of the era change for software developers. Since the era has not changed since 1989, it's a mini-Y2K situation for software, which most of the world hasn't been aware of.

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