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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.
As usual (2014-01-09, 2013-03-01, 2012-05-14 and 2011-11-25), apart from the year-end banks-only holidays, the aforementioned announcement follows the list of official Japanese non-working public holidays as amended over the last decade (2005-05-15, 2001-06-22 and 1998-10-23).
Starting in 2016, Japan will be observing a new annual Japanese non-working public holiday (2014-06-01, 2014-05-23, 2014-04-30, 2014-03-06 and 2013-06-03) on August 11, to be known as Mountain Day (Yama no Hi), thus adding one annual non-working public holiday in Japan, Mountain Day, in analogy to the Marine Day Japanese public holiday, enacted in 1995 and observed for the first time on July 20, 1996, whereby, on the third Monday in July, people are encouraged to take a trip to the beach.
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