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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Japan public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of June 2019, and covering calendar year 2020 Japan public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Japan public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Jun
  • 17
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  • Japanese 2020 Bank Holidays Amended

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released an amended version of its previously-released annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2020.
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  • Apr
  • 17
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  • Japanese 2020 Public Holidays Revised

    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Tokyo) - The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Government of Japan have issued a revised list of the annual list of official national holidays, and public holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2020.
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  • Feb
  • 1
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  • Japanese 2020 Bank and Public Holidays Announced

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) and the Government of Japan have released the annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2020.
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  • Jan
  • 19
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  • Japanese 2019 Bank Holidays Amended Again

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released another amended version of its previously-released annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2019, in which the April-May coronation holidays are confirmed.
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2018

  • Nov
  • 13
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  • Japan Cabinet Approves Additional 2019 Public Holidays

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - Earlier today, the Japanese Cabinet approved the declaration of both May 1st, 2019, and October 22, 2019, as a one-off national holidays in Japan.
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  • Oct
  • 13
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  • Japan Clarifies Additional 2019 Public Holidays

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - Speaking yesterday in front of a special committee established to prepare for next year's imperial succession, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced that his government planned to declare both May 1st, 2019, and October 22, 2019, as a one-off national holidays in Japan.
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  • Jun
  • 13
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  • Japan 2020 Tokyo Olympics Public Holidays Enacted

    The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo) - Japan's Parliament has enacted legislation to declare 3 one-off national non-working public holidays in Japan on account of the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, to alleviate traffic congestion in the metropolitan area.
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  • Apr
  • 30
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  • Japan Mulls Further 2019 Public Holidays Extension

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Japanese Government has indicated that it is considering declaring Tuesday, October 22, 2019, as another one-off non-working public holiday in Japan, on account of the Sokuirei Seiden no Gi, the core ritual of the enthronement ceremonies, being held on that day.
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  • Apr
  • 7
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  • Japan 2020 Tokyo Olympics Public Holidays Update

    The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo) - Japanese lawmakers are finalizing details of draft legislation which would declare 3 one-off non-working public holidays in Japan on account of the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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  • Feb
  • 18
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  • Japanese 2019 Bank Holidays Amended

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released an amended version of its previously-released annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2019, in which the December 23, Emperor's Birthday, annual public holiday of Japan is canceled.
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  • Feb
  • 1
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  • Japanese 2019 Public Holidays Amended

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has released an amended list of official national holidays and public holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2019, in which the December 23, Emperor's Birthday, annual public holiday of Japan is canceled.
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  • Jan
  • 6
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  • Japanese 2019 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 2019.
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2017

  • Dec
  • 21
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  • Japan Mulls Cancellation of December 23 Public Holiday

    The Mainichi Shimbun (Tokyo) - The Japanese government is still deciding whether to keep December 23 as a national public holiday in Japan, beginning in 2019, after the abdication of Emperor Akihito on April 30, 2019, and Prince Naruhito's enthronement ceremony the following day.
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  • Dec
  • 6
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  • Japan Mulls 10-Day Abdication Public Holidays

    The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo) - Following the announcement of the date of the upcoming abdication of Emperor Akihito on April 30, 2019, and Prince Naruhito's enthronement ceremony the following day, Japan's government and ruling coalition is considering declaring May 1st, 2019, as a National Holiday, which would mean a 10-day Golden Week public holidays period in Japan, from April 27 to May 6, 2019.
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  • Sep
  • 26
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  • Japan 2020 Tokyo Olympics Public Holidays Extension

    The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo) - During an Olympics Organizing Committee meeting yesterday, the nonpartisan group of lawmakers headed by Toshiaki Endo, the former minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, announced plans to add 2 more non-working public holidays to flank the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies in Japan.
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  • Aug
  • 22
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  • Japan Mulls 2020 Tokyo Olympics Public Holiday

    The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo) - A nonpartisan group of lawmakers plans to submit a national holidays reform bill to declare the opening day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a one-off non-working public holiday national holiday in Japan.
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  • Jan
  • 8
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  • 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.
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2016

  • Jul
  • 24
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 10
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  • 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.
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2015

  • Jan
  • 11
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  • 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.
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2014

  • Jun
  • 1
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  • 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).
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  • May
  • 23
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  • 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.
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  • Apr
  • 30
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  • 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).
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  • Mar
  • 6
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 9
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Jun
  • 3
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 1
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  • Japanese 2014 Bank Holidays Announced

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its official list of 2014 national holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the upcoming calendar year 2014.
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2012

  • May
  • 14
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  • Japanese 2013 Bank Holidays Announced

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its official list of 2013 bank holidays in Japan for the upcoming calendar year 2013.
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2011

  • Nov
  • 25
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  • Japanese 2012 Bank Holidays Announced

    The Bank of Japan (Tokyo) - The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its official list of 2012 bank holidays in Japan for the upcoming calendar year 2012.
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2010

  • Feb
  • 24
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  • Japan Considering Abolishing Happy Mondays Public Holidays

    Japan Today (Tokyo) - The government of Japan is planning to scrap the "Happy Mondays" system whereby 4 of Japan's public holidays always occur on a Monday, so that people can enjoy long holidays at a time instead of 3-day weekends.
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2009

  • Sep
  • 10
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  • Japan Gets Ready For Public Holidays Silver Week

    Bloomberg (Tokyo) - Japan is getting ready for its first "Silver Week" of public holidays that will run from Saturday, September 19, to Wednesday, September 23, 2009.
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2005

  • May
  • 15
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  • Japan's Diet Enacts Law to Rename April 29 Holiday Showa Day

    Kyodo News - The Japanese Diet, on Friday, enacted a law to rename the Greenery Day national holiday after the reign of the late Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa.
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2001

  • Jun
  • 22
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  • Japan Moves More Public Holidays To Monday

    Kyodo News International (Tokyo) - Japan's Diet (Parliament), in a plenary session of the House of Councillors, has enacted a bill that moves 2 more public holidays from their fixed date to always occur on a Monday in the future, thus creating 2 three-day holidays in July and September, starting in 2003.
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1998

  • Oct
  • 23
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  • Japan Revises Public Holidays Legislation

    BBC News (Tokyo) - Earlier this week, Japan's Diet (Parliament) approved the move of 2 of Japan's official public holiday to always occur on a Monday, under a system now dubbed "Happy Mondays".
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  • Apr
  • 26
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  • Japan Diet Debates Monday Public Holidays

    The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo) - The Japanese Diet (Parliament) is debating a draft bill that would move 4 of Japan's public holidays so that they always occur on a Monday, thus creating 3-day weekends and boost consumer spending.
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See also: Japan bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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