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Japan Considers 2021 Olympics Public Holidays

Source: The Bank of Japan (Tokyo)
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: February 3, 2022

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, has been blocked at the Liberal Democratic Party's political council, spearheaded by Tsutomu Tomioka, which refused to accept the declaration of a holiday on the anniversary date of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

In the end, a typically Japanese compromise seems to have been hashed-out. 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, 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. Thus, Monday, August 9, 2021, would be a public holiday, without having been declared so. Everyone is happy.

Recall that 3 changes to 2020 public holidays dates in Japan, were legislated last year, due to the then scheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics (2019-04-17, 2018-06-13, 2018-04-07, 2017-12-06, 2017-10-03, 2017-08-22).

But, a couple of months ago (2020-03-26), due to the current Covid19 pandemic, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, jointly agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games until 2021.

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