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Japanese Heisei Era End Could Mean New Public Holiday

Source: The Bank of Japan (Tokyo)
Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2016

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.

Recall that the birthday of emperor Hirohito, later renamed Showa Day (2005-05-15), was kept as an annual Japanese non-working public holiday in Japan, when Emperor Akihito ascended the throne, and his birthday was made an annual Japanese non-working public holiday in Japan on December 23.

Starting this year (2014-06-01, 2014-05-23, 2014-04-30, 2014-03-06 and 2013-06-03), Japan will be observing a new annual Japanese non-working public holiday on August 11, known as Mountain Day (Yama no Hi), in analogy to the Marine Day Japanese public holiday, enacted in 1995 and observed for the first time on July 20, 1996.

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