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April 2019

Heisei Highlights

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THEME FOR April
Heisei Highlights

As the Heisei Era begins a classy fadeout full of pomp, circumstance and a touch of mystery, we wanted to throw a spotlight on some notable changes that have marked Japan’s past three decades. Besides becoming one of the world’s hottest and coolest tourist destinations―including nearly two-dozen World Heritage Sites―we’ll tell you about pivotal transformations in work-life balance and the country’s first female astronaut.

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The Past and Future of World Heritage Site Mount Fuji

Readying the iconic peak and its environs for recognition took a consortium of Japan’s government, two prefectures and other bodies over a decade

Driven Aloft: From Surgeon to Japan’s First Female Astronaut

Dr. Chiaki Mukai soared into the cosmos twice as a space shuttle crew member, and now focuses on getting women into the sciences

Altering the Work-Life Balance of Japanese Dads

Work environment reforms and a nonprofit organization called Fathering Japan are bringing Japanese fathers back into family life

Japan’s Three-Decade Tourism Boom

Travelers are coming to Japan in massive waves―over 31 million in 2018―and exploring places far off the usual tourist tracks

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The Thirtieth Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor

Celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor

The Abdication of His Majesty the Emperor and the Enthronement of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince

 

Accession as the 125th Emperor of Japan

 

Fostering Friendly Relationships with Foreign Countries

 

Visiting All Japan’s 47 Prefectures

 

The Importance of Tradition, Research and Family

 

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