Statement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, April 1, 2019 On the New Era Name “Reiwa”

On May 1, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince will accede to the Imperial throne, and this new era name will be used from that day forward. I ask for the understanding and cooperation of the people on this. The government is taking all possible measures to prepare for this historic succession to the Imperial throne from a living Emperor — the first such instance in approximately 200 years — to take place smoothly, and for the Japanese people to celebrate the day with one accord.

Prime Minister was honored as a World Leader for Peace and Cybersecurity Award 2015 by Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-founder and Chairman of the Boston Global Forum, on Global Cybersecurity Day, December 12, 2015, at Harvard University Faculty Club. Prime Minister Abe delivered a speech on cybersecurity at this event.