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Japan Mulls August 11 Public Holiday
 
(Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014)

Source: The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo)

Japan's Parliament is considering a bill that would declare a new annual non-working public holiday in Japan, on August 11, just before the annual Obon festival.

If the aforementioned bill is voted into law, then it will be effective beginning in 2016.

Last summer (03-Jun-2013), we had reported that Japan's Tochigi Prefecture was spearheading an effort to create a new annual public holiday for landlocked Japanese regions, to be called Mountain Day, in analogy to the Marine Day Japanese public holiday whereby, on the third Monday in July, people are encouraged to take a trip to the beach. Marine Day, Japan's newest public holiday, was enacted in 1995, and observed for the first time on July 20, 1996.

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