Japan has a quite different year counting system from the rest of the world. It is called Nengo, and each era is associated with one Emperor.
Also, the ancient Chinese calender (12 year cycle, represented by 12 different kinds of animals) is widely accepted. People in Japan are much more familar with these systems than with the western system. Therefore, it's a good idea to learn what year you were born in this system.
As an extra feature, this program calculates how many days it has been since you were born.
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