TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese printers rushed to make calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of “Reiwa” a day after its unveiling gripped the nation. An employee of Japan's calendar maker Todan Co. Ltd. produces calendars with the new era name 'Reiwa' after the government's announcement in Yoshiwara, Ibaraki Prefecture Japan, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Masashi Kato The new era begins on May 1 when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne a day after his father Emperor Akihito abdicates, ending his 31-year Heisei era. The name, or “gengo”, is a part of daily life, used on coins, drivers’ licenses and official paperwork, as well as to count years, although Japanese also use the Western calendar. But Reiwa’s meaning has generated confusion and controversy. The first character, “rei,” is often used to mean “command” or … [Read more...] about What’s in a name? Japan debates meaning of new ‘Reiwa’ imperial era
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MPs voted to seize control of the Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May. (Image: GETTY) Negotiations over Britain's exit deal from the EU took a drastic turn last night as MPs voted to seize control of the Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May. A humiliating defeat yesterday where Parliament voted to support the cross-party amendment with 392 votes in support to 302 no’s, means the House of Commons has unprecedented control over the outcome for Brexit. Now a series of indicative votes will now be held to test for a majority decision or sentiment on the best outcome for Brexit Britain. But what actually are indicative votes and why would they happen? Related articles Brexit latest: Rees-Mogg warns May's deal is BETTER than NO BREXIT EU citizens could lose access to benefits after Brexit MPs warn According to the Institute for Government: "Indicative votes are votes by MPs on a series of non-binding resolutions – it means they are a means of … [Read more...] about Brexit indicative vote EXPLAINED: What does the indicative vote MEAN?
We’re in a time of absorbed but subtle and not fully noticed shifts. Old-time liberals and conservatives seem to understand each other more deeply, more generously than they did in the past: In some new way they see the other’s basic political decency. On the other hand the parties they’ve been aligned with offer constant confusion and surprise. I am not talking about ideology but something else, some kind of judgment. I look at Beto O’Rourke and see a handsome, glistening creature who is obviously eccentric and probably shallow.... … [Read more...] about Opinion | Congress’s Mean Girls Are Trump’s Offspring
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said he supports an effort that would change the meaning of the star on his state flag from honoring the Confederacy to instead recognizing Native Americans for their contributions to the state. The blue star on the flag now represents the Confederate States of America. But legislation is under consideration to change the legal meaning of the star — without changing the design of the flag itself — so that it would represent the Quapaw, Osage, Caddo and other Native American tribes that inhabited the state. “I don’t know that we need to recognize Arkansas in a state of rebellion,” Hutchinson told The Associated Press on Monday. “I think we’d be better off recognizing those nations, from the Indian tribes to others, that we’ve been under.” ADVERTISEMENT “Whenever you see the hurt it brings to a significant part of our population, I don’t think it’s worth it,” he continued. … [Read more...] about Arkansas governor supports effort to change flag’s meaning from Confederate symbol
What provides you meaning in life? Most Americans mention family (69 percent), according to recently published polling and analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center. Also mentioned were career (34 percent), money (23 percent), spirituality and faith (20 percent), friends (19 percent), activities and hobbies (19 percent), health (16 percent), home and surroundings (13 percent) and learning (11 percent). The religious and spiritual among us might list the following as meaning providers: God, heaven, the quest for the invisible, thinking about immortality, triumph over temptations, hope, making difference in the lives of others, to be useful, knowing oneself, etc. The ancient Aitareya Upanishad states: Those who realize Brahman live in joy, and go beyond death. Some argue that life without a mission is phony, while some others point out that life is too short to find the real meaning or purpose behind it. We asked our panel of religious leaders of the … [Read more...] about What provides you meaning in life?