Heisei period(平成時代,Heisei jidai?), also known as the Heisei era, is a Japanese era(年号,,nengō,?, lit. "year name") after Shōwa. This period started in February 1989 and it continues in the present day. During this time, the emperor is Akihito(明仁?), also known as the "current emperor" or the "reigning emperor" (今上天皇,kinjō tennō?).
The nengōHeisei means "Achieving Peace" or "Peace and Accomplishment"
15 March 2011 (Heisei 23, 15th day of the 3rd month): Emperor Akihito made his first national television address. He said, "I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people will, hand in hand, treat each other with compassion and overcome these difficult times."
♯The Northern pretenders did not recognize the Genkō era. Gentoku was used in the Northern Court until 1332. ₪The Shōkyō era was recognized only by the Northern pretenders, not by the Southern Court. ‡ Upon reunification of the Northern and Southern Courts in 1392, Genchū was discontinued. Meitoku was used until 1394.