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Japan 2021 Olympics Public Holidays August 8-9

Source: The Bank of Japan (Tokyo)
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2020


The General Assembly of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, has approved the suggestion by the Japanese Government, that next year's Mountain Day public holiday be moved from August 11, 2021, to August 8, 2021, the date of the closing ceremony of the postponed 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Last week (2020-05-20), a plan by the Japanese government's plan to shift the date of the 2021 Mountain Day public holiday, to August 9, the day after the closing ceremony of the next year's Tokyo Olympics, as was done this year (2019-04-17, 2018-06-13, 2018-04-07, 2017-12-06, 2017-10-03, 2017-08-22), was blocked at the Liberal Democratic Party's political council, due to August 9 being the anniversary date of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Today's announcement comes from a compromise whereby the government would move the 2021 Mountain Day public holiday, to Sunday, August 8, the day of the closing ceremony of the next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Monday, August 9, 2021, would nonetheless be a non-working day without having been declared a public holiday, as per the "Happy Mondays" laws 141/1998 (1998-10-23) and 59/2001 (2001-06-22), whereby Japanese fixed-date public holidays which fall on a Sunday, give rise to a substitute public holiday on the following Monday.



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