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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.
Last summer (2013-06-03), 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.
Two months ago (2014-03-06), the concept of a new annual Japanese Mountain Day public holiday gained momentum when Japan's Parliament began considering a bill that would declare a new annual non-working public holiday in Japan, on August 11, just before the annual Obon festival.
Then, late last month (2014-04-30), Japan's Parliament Lower House of Parliament 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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