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现任天皇明仁在2017年年底宣告了退位的计划,给了日本近一年半的时刻来为他的逊位做预备。 FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA, VIA SHUTTERSTOCK

TOKYO —花穴 Lost data。 Emails that disappear into the ether。 Servers that never connect。


All thanks to the ascension of a new emperor to the Chrysanthemum Throne。


Japan is scrambling to update software, revise forms and print new calendars before May 1, when the world’s third-largest economy begins a new imperial era。 For most of the rest of the world, it will remain the year 2019 when the clock strikes midnight。 Across Japan, which relies internally on an ancient calendar that honors a reigning emperor, it will be the first day of the first year of the age of Reiwa。


The new era, christened just weeks ago, will force the country’s sprawling bureaucracy to literally turn back the clock to Year 1。 Experts compare it to Y2K, the digital threat in the lead-up to the year 2000, if on a much smaller and less consequential scale。


“The change of the era name will have a huge effect on big companies that have complicated systems,” said Gaku Moriya, deputy director of the information technology innovation division at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, or METI。

“更改年号将对有着杂乱体系的大公司发生巨大影响,” 日本经济工业省信息技术创新部分的副主管守谷学说。

Major companies with relatively modern systems will most likely handle the shift with aplomb。 Still, the full consequences are not entirely clear, and for many the change will not be cheap。 Every government form, including tax returns and marriage registrations, uses the imperial-style calendar, making it impossible for government workers and companies to 能量层级高清图avoid。


Already the tally is mounting。 The city of Nagoya, an industrial center in central Japan, estimates it alone will spend about $4.3 million dollars preparing for the new era。 In the city of Koga, employees preparing for the c上海滩歌曲,邓丽君歌曲大全,春风-raybet雷竞技app_raybet雷竞技app下载_raybet雷竞技官网hangeover accidentally erased 1,650 water bills。 Scam artists have sent out letters that target older people, telling them to submit personal information to上海滩歌曲,邓丽君歌曲大全,春风-raybet雷竞技app_raybet雷竞技app下载_raybet雷竞技官网 ensure that their bank accounts make the transition, according挨踢客 to the national broadcaster NHK。


For those companies that cannot get their paperwork in order by the deadline, METI recommends a distinctly old-sc上海滩歌曲,邓丽君歌曲大全,春风-raybet雷竞技app_raybet雷竞技app下载_raybet雷竞技官网hool solution: correcting documents with rubber stamps bearing the Japanese characters for the new year。


At a small factory in the outskirts of Tokyo, just three days after the “Reiwa” name was announced, Osamu Takiguchi and a crew of about 20 worked overtime to rush out orders of the distinctly Japanese product。

在东京市郊的一家小工厂,“令和”年号发布仅三日,泷口修(音,Osamu Takiguchi)和20名左右的工人便在加班加点赶制这一极具日本特征的产品订单。

“We ran out of rubber in the first three days,” said Mr。 Takiguchi, managing director 上海滩歌曲,邓丽君歌曲大全,春风-raybet雷竞技app_raybet雷竞技app下载_raybet雷竞技官网of Hanko 21, an office supply chain that owns the factory。 He said he was considering hiring temporary staff to help with the last-minute rush he expected at the end of the month。


The headaches have prompted a national conversation over whether it is finally time for Japan to move entirely over to the Gregorian calendar。 The country uses the Gregorian calendar when dealing with other countries and to coordinate global events, such as the 2020 Olympics。 Most people here have also already adopted it in their personal lives。


One lawyer, Jiro Yamane, has even sued the government over the change, arguing that forcing people to measure time by上海滩歌曲,邓丽君歌曲大全,春风-raybet雷竞技app_raybet雷竞技app下载_raybet雷竞技官网 the life of the emperor violates their constitutional right to individual dignity。

律师山根次郎(音,Jiro Yamane)乃至就这一改动申述政府,称迫使人们依照天皇的生命计时违反了他们在宪法上的人格权。

“Only Japan exists in this different space and dimension of time,” said 异能之豪门私生女Mr。 Yamane, who is scheduled to argue his case in front of a Tokyo district court at the 卡洛驰为什么那么贵end of May。 “It’s incompatible with international society。”


“Why are the Japanese so hung up on it?” he added。


It may just be that Japan has a hard time letting go。 The country still depends on fax machines。 It is one of the last places in the world where Tower Records, the once iconic music store, has stayed open, still selling CDs。

或许日本仅仅很难抛弃传统。这个国家仍遍及运用传真机。它也是从前标志性的音乐商铺淘儿唱片(Tower Records)仍旧开业、售卖CD的国际最终几个国家之一。

The new era, to many, is symbolic of a fresh start。 Government offices expect couples will rush to register their marriages on the first day of the ne野猫口神龙事情w era。


The Japanese adopted the imperial calenda猪柳麦满分r from the Chinese in the seventh century, and government agencies have been required to use it since the late 1970s。 Other countries in the region, including China itself, have moved on and adopted the Gregorian calendar for official business。


Japan hasn’t had to face a calendar change for a generation — and that was before the hyper-speed computer era。


In 19仕水碇步89, when the calendar switched to the Heisei era from the Showa, the announcement was made the same day that Emperor Hirohito died。 Within 24 hours, much of the initial work of replacing signs and updating forms was done by hand。


千叶县的工厂职工在忙着赶制刻有新年号字样的新印章订单。 NORIKO HAYASHI FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

This time, the transition has 秦书培been more orderly。 The abdication date for the current emperor, Akihito, was announced in late 2017, giving the nation nearly a year and a half to get ready。


Many did not。 As of March, one-fifth of over 2,700 companies polled by METI had not taken steps to prepare for the switch, the agen屠夫阿川微博cy said。 Officials compounded the problem by keeping the new era’s name secret until April 1, just one month before the transition。


Government offices and domestic financial institutions, some of which rely on outdated computer systems, are the most likely to encounter problems, according to Mr。 Moriya of METI。


“Some private companies may not be sufficiently aware of the issue, and don’t know what kind of problems they will have,” he said, adding that the agency had been holding private seminars to raise awareness。


Microsoft has said it will push updated software to its clients via its cloud computing systems。 The vulnerable ones will probably be those who run older versions of Microsoft Windows or those that have not updated their systems。


In some cases, system administrators may have to update operating systems almost as old as the Heisei era itself。 Though the shift could be awkward or costly, it could also for上海滩歌曲,邓丽君歌曲大全,春风-raybet雷竞技app_raybet雷竞技app下载_raybet雷竞技官网ce more companies to get with the times, Mr。 Moriya said。


“Some Japanese companies have used the same system for two or three decades,” he said。 “The inside of the system has turned into a black box。”


At the stamp factory, Mr。 Takiguchi said his company’s own computer system was being updated by an out美容大王在线阅览side contractor。 “I’ve heard they’re moving us to the Western calendar。”


“They say it’s because it’s a pain to modify the system if the era changes again,” he added。


As online orders pinged into the company’s inbox, a woman pulled red rubber sheets lined in “Reiwa” out of a chemical bath。 Another worker cut them into tiny squares that were soon to be glued on long, thin pieces of white composite wood。


Although Mr。 Takiguchi is happy for the business the changeover has brought, he admits it has created some difficulties even for him。


The end of Japan’s fiscal year in March is “already the busiest month for our industry, and the new-era demand will make us even busier,” he said。


“It would have been much easier if we had learned the new name in the summer。”


作者:Ben Dooley, Makiko Inoue,Hisako Ueno


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