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Cloud hangs over Japan-China ties as half-centenary looms

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

When Japan was deciding its new imperial era name three years ago, it went for Reiwa (beautiful harmony) in a move that broke millennia of tradition: the nation’s 248th era name was the first to be drawn from Japanese literature instead of Chinese classics.

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