Japan’s premier: New emperor’s era to be announced April 1

TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s Prime Minister confirmed in his New Year’s news conference that the era name for the new emperor’s reign will be disclosed on April 1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday that 2019 will mark pivotal times for Japan, repeatedly referring to Emperor Akihito’s stepping down. Akihito has chosen to buck tradition and abdicate while he is alive, citing frail health. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin