Sixty-two per cent of respondents favourably accept the new era name of Reiwa, while 31 per cent are having difficulty feeling close to it, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday in response to the announcement of the name.
The survey also showed that those who answered that the start of the new era on May 1 would change the atmosphere of Japanese society was 31 per cent, less than half of the 64 per cent who replied that it would not.
When those who answered that they favourably accept Reiwa were asked about the degree to which they like it, 33 per cent said "very much" and 29 per cent replied "somewhat."
Looking at the rate of those who favourably accept Reiwa by gender, 68 per cent were women, higher than 56 per cent for men. By age, those 18 to 29 and those in their 40s were in the 50 per cent range, while those in their 30s and in their 50s or older were in the 60 per cent range.