Today Emperor Akihito abdicated, essentially for health reasons. His eldest son, Naruhito, will take over on Wednesday. The new era is called Reiwa.
the Reiwa era (May 1, 2019-present)
One friend’s response was as follows:
I am no expert on abdication language so cannot comment on this take, but I did think that the use of と思わないか was interesting.
“to omowanai ka”
…don’t you think?
The phrase seems useful 😉
I found と思わないか hard to translate cleanly…what other ways can we interpret it? Feel free to comment!
Image credit: BBC News article on Akihito’s abdication.