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Japan 2020 Tokyo Olympics Public Holidays Extension

Source: The Asahi Simbun (Tokyo)
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017


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.

Last month (2017-08-22), we had reported on how that same nonpartisan group of lawmakers planned to submit a national holidays reform bill to declare Friday, July 24, 2020, the opening day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as a one-off non-working public holiday national holiday in Japan, with the support of the Japanese government, in particular that of Deputy Prime Minister, Taro Aso, who heads the group of lawmakers that was formed to help ensure the smooth running of the Games.

Today's announcement, on the heels of yesterday's Olympics Organizing Committe meeting, would add July 23 and August 10, 2020, to the previously mentioned date of Friday, July 24, 2020, the opening day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as a one-off non-working public holidays in Japan. All 3 of these one-off non-working public holidays in Japan in 2020 would be compensated.

According to the local media, "The government understands the group’s policy and the bills are likely to be passed".


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