Visitors take a selfie with a panel with “Goodbye Heisei” written in Japanese at Fukuoka Tower. Photo: AP

Japan’s Heisei era followed 1980s boom and was marred by economic downturn, terrorism and devastating natural disasters

  • Heisei era began in early 1989, just before the collapse of Japan’s ‘bubble economy’, when sky-high stock and land prices plunged
  • Decades of tepid growth and deflation that followed have tempered expectations about the economic future and Japan’s place in the world
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Visitors take a selfie with a panel with “Goodbye Heisei” written in Japanese at Fukuoka Tower. Photo: AP
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Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, delivers an abdication speech. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s Emperor Akihito abdicates throne as era ends and a nation pays tribute

  • Akihito’s reign runs until midnight when his son Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor and his era begins
  • Naruhito will assume the title of ‘tenno’ or ‘heavenly sovereign’ as the Heisei Era gives way to the Reiwa Era
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Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, delivers an abdication speech. Photo: Reuters
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