Members of a special panel considering the name of a new imperial era had six choices before them, three of which were rooted in ancient Japanese texts.
Despite the lack of official disclosure on the number of candidate names or what they were, several government sources revealed April 1 that six in total were presented.
A medical school in Tokyo that recently admitted to rigging entrance exams to discriminate against women has approved its first female president.
Board members of Tokyo Medical University on Tuesday chose Professor Yukiko Hayashi as the school's new president. She will officially assume the post on October 1st.
Nagasaki has begun the annual task of adding new names to the register of victims of the 1945 atomic bombing. The work started at the city hall on Monday.
Nagasaki has been registering the names since 1968 to mourn the dead and to ensure that future generations remember the huge losses inflicted by the nuclear bombing.