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Reiwa period (令和時代 Reiwa jidai ) is a Japanese era (年号, nengō, , lit. "year name") after Heisei. It is the current Japanese era. It is also called the Reiwa era. This era started on 1 May 2019. This is the day Japanese' Emperor Akihito's elder son, Naruhito, became Emperor of Japan. Naruhito is Japan's 126th Emperor.