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Bank and Public Holidays for Japan

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Japan bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 4 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Japan Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
      2 Tue New Year's Holiday Bnk+Gov
      3 Wed New Year's Holiday Bnk+Gov
      8 Mon Coming of Age Day
Feb. 11 Sun Foundation Day
     12 Mon Foundation Day Holiday
Mar. 21 Wed Vernal Equinox
Apr. 29 Sun Showa Day
     30 Mon Showa Day Holiday
May     Thu Constitution Day
        Fri Greenery Day
        Sat Children's Day
July    Mon Marine Day
Aug.    Sat Mountain Day
Sep.    Mon Respect for the Aged Day
        Sun Autumnal Equinox
        Mon Autumnal Equinox Holiday
Oct.    Mon Fitness Day
Nov.    Sat Culture Day
        Fri Labor Thanksgiving Day
Dec.    Sun Emperor's Birthday
        Mon Emperor's Birthday Holiday
        Mon New Year's Eve Bnk+Gov
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Recent News and Updates

08 Jan 2017 Japanese 2018 Bank and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Japan-Tokyo) The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2018.  24 Jul 2016 Japanese Heisei Era End Could Mean New Public Holiday (The Bank of Japan-Tokyo) The announcement, earlier this month, that Japanese Emperor Akihito intended to abdicate his throne while alive, might mean that, based on past precedent, a new annual non-working public holiday could be added to the list of annual non-working public holidays in Japan in the coming years.  10 Jan 2016 Japanese 2017 Bank and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Japan-Tokyo) The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2017.  11 Jan 2015 Japanese 2016 Bank and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Japan-Tokyo) The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2016.  01 Jun 2014 Japanese August 11 Public Holiday Promulgated (The Asahi Simbun-Tokyo) The recently voted amendment to Japan's Holiday Act to designate August 11, as a new annual Japanese non-working public holiday, to be known as Mountain Day (Yama no Hi), was promulgated earlier this week, as "Act for Partial Revision of the Law on National Holidays" (2014 Law No. 43, promulgated on May 30, 2014).  23 May 2014 Japanese August 11 Public Holiday Voted (The Asahi Simbun-Tokyo) Earlier today, Japan's upper house of parliament approved the amendment to Japan's Holiday Act to designate August 11, as a new annual Japanese non-working public holiday, to be known as Mountain Day (Yama no Hi), thus adding one annual non-working public holiday in Japan, beginning in 2016.  30 Apr 2014 Japan August 11 Public Holiday Update (The Asahi Simbun-Tokyo) Japan's Parliament Lower House of Parliament has passed an amendment to Japan's Holiday Act to designate August 11, as a new annual Japanese non-working public holiday, to be known as Mountain Day (Yama no Hi).  06 Mar 2014 Japan Mulls August 11 Public Holiday (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.  09 Jan 2014 Japanese 2015 Bank and Public Holidays Announced (The Bank of Japan-Tokyo) The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its official list of annual national holidays public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2015.  03 Jun 2013 Japan Mulls Mountain Day Public Holiday (The Asahi Simbun-Tokyo) Japan's Tochigi Prefecture is spearheading an effort to create a new annual public holiday for landlocked Japanese regions, to be called Mountain Day.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Japan public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Japan are regulated by the The Public Holiday Law of 1948 (as amended in 1999 and 2007) which establishes the list of official public holidays in Japan.  Weekend and Bridge Public Holidays: When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, then that holiday is moved to the next day. Also when a working day is sandwiched between two public holidays, then that day also becomes a holiday.  Government office workers are off from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3. Banks are closed from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3.  Starting in 2007: Showa Day will be on April 29, and Greenery Day will be moved to May 4. Following his death in 1989, the holiday marking Hirohito's birthday was renamed Greenery Day - an oblique reference to the late emperor's passion for plants, but one which avoided using his name. The re-named Showa Day is a more direct reference to the emperor's era .  Also starting in 2007, new rules have been implemented creating infrequent but recurring bridge public holidays. No official name has been given to these bridge public holidays by the Japanese government.  Japan International Codes JP and JPN (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .jp (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Japan information and news: Bank of Japan (Japan central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Japan maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Japan), and Wikipedia (includes Japan commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Japan, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Japan that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Solar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, equinoxes, solstices, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict solar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Japan are based on the geographical location of Tokyo (latitude 35,6N, longitude 139,8E, GMT+9,0 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2018 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Japan, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Japan, before planning any trip to Japan. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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