Era Name (Nengou) in Japan ( after Meiji )
- Nengou are commonly used in Japan together with Gregorian Era.
- For example, in censuses, birthdays are written using Nengou.
- Dates of newspapers and official documents are also written using Nengou.
- Nengou are changed upon the enthronement of each new Emperor of Japan (Tennou).
- Meiji (1868 - 1912)
- Taisho (1912 - 1926)
- Showa (1926 (December 25) -
1989 (January 7) )
- Heisei (1989 (January 8) - present )
- For Example :
- 1945 was the 20th year of Showa.
- 2001 was the 13th year of Heisei.
- 1989 was the 64th year of Showa through January 7, but on January 8, it became the 1st year(Gan-nen) of Heisei.
- Before World War II ended, Imperial era (Kōki) is also used in common that the year of enthronement of first emperor (Jinmu-Tennou) is defined
as First Year. (= 660 B.C.)