Flames rise from Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, on April 15. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

How China’s Shaolin Temple survived multiple attempts to destroy it – by the Chinese themselves

Much like France’s Notre Dame Cathedral, the venerated complex has been razed and rebuilt numerous times

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Flames rise from Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, on April 15. Photo: AFP
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The expected abdication of Japanese Emperor Akihito on April 30 will mark the end of the Heisei era. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

As Japan prepares to mark end of an era, a look back at how China started the system

Era names were first adopted by emperors in ancient China, later by the countries that came under the nation’s sphere of influence, including Korea, Vietnam and Japan

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The expected abdication of Japanese Emperor Akihito on April 30 will mark the end of the Heisei era. Photo: Alamy
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