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Japan Cabinet Approves Additional 2019 Public Holidays

Source: The Bank of Japan (Tokyo)
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018


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.

Last month (2018-10-13), Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, had announced that his government planned to declare both May 1st, 2019, and October 22, 2019, as a one-off national holidays in Japan, as the Japanese Government had already indicated that it was considering declaring Tuesday, October 22, 2019, as a 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 (2018-04-30).

This means that, as May 1, 2019, is to be declared a national holiday, then April 30, which is preceded by the Showa Day national holiday on April 29, and May 2, which is followed by the Constitution Memorial Day public holiday on May 3, would become public holidays, leading the way for a period of 10 consecutive days of public holidays in Japan (April 27 until May 6, 2019), as a 2005 amendment to the "Holiday Act 43" specifies that any date that falls between 2 national holidays is also a non-working public holiday (2005-05-15).

Following today's cabinet approval, the bill was submitted to the National Diet of Japan and is expected to receive legislative approval during the current extraordinary session of the National Diet before December 10.


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