10 Day Golden Week in 2019

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Japan’s Cabinet has just approved a bill designed to create a 10 Day Golden Week in 2019. This is an extension to the nation’s popular 5 day holiday period. The Cabinet’s proposal was approved on Tuesday (13 November) and this means extra holidays in 2019 only. Due to the succession of the country’s emperor, the 10-day break will begin from late April.

Subsequently, after it receives approval from the Diet, May 1 will become a national holiday. Importantly, this day is the official timing of Crown Prince Naruhito’s rise to the throne as the country’s new Emperor.

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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. Source: Kyodo

What Will Change in 2019?

Golden Week already sees the days April 29 and May 3-6 reserved as national holidays each year. The addition of May 1 will also make April 30 and May 2 as national holidays too. This is a result of Japanese law. Basically, the regulation states that for any single weekday that occurs between two national holidays also becomes a national holiday. The timing for next year means that the holiday period will begin from April 27, as it falls on a Saturday.

Furthermore, Japan’s cabinet nominated another national holiday on October 22. This day is special as it signifies the Crown Prince’s crowning ceremony.

The House of Representatives should approve the bill in the extended Diet session which will run through to December 10.

The current Emperor Akihito will retire in favour of his son the Crown Prince, due to his declining health condition and age. He is 84 years old.

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