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Japan's Business Holidays


Jan 1 New Year's Day (Shogatsu / Gantan) The New Year period (Shogatsu) is considered to last until the 3rd, and many businesses re-open on the 4th or 5th. Jan 2-3 are official holidays for bank and government employees only.

Jan 9 Coming of Age Day (Seijin-no-hi)

Feb 11 National Foundation Day (Kenkoku-kinen-no-hi)

Mar 20 Spring Equinox (Shunbun-no-hi)

Apr 29 Showa Day  (Showa-no-hi) renamed Emperor Hirohito Day. Beginning of Golden Week (?gon Sh?kan) which covers a period of four national holidays and the days in between. This is generally not a good time to plan to do business in Japan as many offices close for about 7 to 10 days, depending on the calendar. Many people travel around the country or abroad, so tourist attractions, airports and train stations are crowded and it is hard to get reservations for accommodations and transportation during this time.

May 3 Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpou-kinen-bi)

May 4 Holiday for a Nation (Kokumin-no-kyujitsu) and Geenery Day (Midori-no-hi)#1

         Greenery Day#2

May 5 Children's Day (Kodomo-no-hi)

Jul 17 Marine Day (Umi-no-hi)

Aug 11 - Mountain Day (Yama-no-hi)

Mid Aug (11-16) Festival of Souls (Obon) or Festival of the Dead In some parts of Japan and Tokyo Obon is celebrated in Mid July but the majority of the Japanese celebrate it in mid-August. Although not an official holiday, many government offices are closed. Numerous companies give employees a week's holiday, making the conducting of business difficult due to personnel absences. All modes of transportation are heavily booked at this time making any travel difficult.

Aug 11 Mountain Day      Mountain Day#2

Sept 18 Respect for the Aged Day (Keirou-no-hi)

Sept 22 Autumnal Equinox Day

Oct 9 Health and Sports Day (Taiku-no-hi)

Nov 3 National Culture Day (Bunka-no-hi)

Nov 23 Labor Thanksgiving Day (Kinrou-kansha-no-hi)

Dec 23 Emperor's Birthday

Dec 31 Bank Holiday

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by Diana Rowland, author Japanese Busines: Rules of Engagement

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