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History of Japan

Heisei period (平成時代 Heisei jidai), also known as the Heisei era, is a Japanese era (年号, nengō,, lit. "year name") after Shōwa. This period started in February 1989 and it continues in the present day. During this time, the emperor is Akihito (明仁), also known as the "current emperor" or the "reigning emperor" (今上天皇 kinjō tennō).

The nengō Heisei means "Achieving Peace" or "Peace and Accomplishment"

Events of the Heisei period

The years in which Akihito has been the Japanese monarch comprise this period or era.


  • January 17, 1995 (Heisei 7, 17th day of the 1st month): Kobe Earthquake.
  • 15 March 2011 (Heisei 23, 15th day of the 3rd month): Emperor Akihito made his first national television address. He said, "I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people will, hand in hand, treat each other with compassion and overcome these difficult times."


  • 1989 (Heisei 1): Emperor Shōwa died; and Noboru Takeshita was the Prime Minister during the time of transition.
  • 1989 (Heisei 1): Sosuke Uno became 75th Prime Minister
  • 1990 (Heisei 2): Kaifu became 77th Prime Minister
  • 1996 (Heisei 8): Hashimoto became 83rd Prime Minister
  • 2000 (Heisei 12): Mori became 86th Prime Minister
  • 2003 (Heisei 15): Koizumi became 88th Prime Minister
  • 2005 (Heisei 17): Koizumi became 89th Prime Minister
  • 2006 (Heisei 18): Shinzo Abe became 90th Prime Minister
  • 2008 (Heisei 20): Taro Aso became 92nd Prime Minister
  • 2010 (Heisei 22): Naoto Kan became 94th Prime Minister
  • 2012 (Heisei 24): Shinzo Abe became 96th Prime Minister


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