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Japanese 2019 Bank and Public Holidays Announced

Source: The Bank of Japan (Tokyo)
Posted on Saturday, January 6, 2018


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 2019.

As usual (2017-01-08, 2016-01-10, 2015-01-11, 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).

In 2019, Japan will have been observing a new annual Japanese non-working public holiday for 3 consecutive years (2014-06-01, 2014-05-23, 2014-04-30, 2014-03-06 and 2013-06-03) on August 11, since 2016, 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.

Note that the aforementioned list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2019 does not make any mention of the probable May 1, 2019, public holiday expected to be declared on the occasion of Prince Naruhito's enthronement ceremony, and the possibility of April 30 and May 2, 2019, also being declared as one-off non-working public holidays in 2019 in Japan (2017-12-06 and 2016-07-24).


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