There has been another boom in Japanese alcohol in recent years.
It's a total lie that Disneyland hasn't been that packed in recent years.
The existence of a tofu-eating fugu has slowly been coming to light in recent years.
The close years are years that aren't too long ago. They are the recent years.
This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.