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Japan Announces 2021 Olympics Public Holidays

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


The Japanese Government has announced the list of amended 2021 public holidays, in line with the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 4 related public holidays Marine Day (海の日-7月22日), Sports Day (スポーツの日-7月23日-五輪開会式), Mountain Day (山の日-8月8日-五輪閉会式), and a substitute public holiday for Mountain Day (休日-8月9日-山の日の振り替え休日).

Last month (2020-05-27), the General Assembly of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, approved moving next year's Mountain Day public holiday from August 11, 2021, to August 8, 2021, the date of the closing ceremony of the postponed 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

An initial 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 (2020-05-20), 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.

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

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021, due to the current pandemic of Covid-10 infection, 3 months ago (2020-03-26).



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