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Speaking yesterday in front of a special committee established to prepare for next year's imperial succession, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced that his government planned to declare both May 1st, 2019, and October 22, 2019, as a one-off national holidays in Japan.
Earlier this year (2018-04-30), 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.
What was notable in yesterday's address by Prime Minister Abe, is that, for the first time, it was announced that May 1, 2019, would be a national holiday, and not just a simple public holiday, 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).
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).
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