Japanese National Holidays 2001 (Source: Japanese Embassy, Ottawa)

    If you are planning for business travel to Japan in 2001, you should  
be aware of the Japanese National Holidays. (Besides having your  
business card translated to Japanese)  
    Jan  01 -- New Year's Day.  
    Jan  08 -- Coming of Age day or Young Adults Day.  
    Feb 12 -- Monday after National Foundation Day.  
    Mar 20 -- Spring Equinox.  
    Apr 30 -- Monday after Nature Day.
    May 03 -- Constitution Day.  
    May 04 -- People's Day.  
    May 05 -- Children's Day.  
    Jul   20 -- Day of the Sea or Marine Day.  
    Sep 15 -- Respect for the Elders Day.  
    Sep 24 -- Monday after Autumn Equinox.  
    Oct 08 -- School Sports Day.  
    Nov 03 -- Culture Day.  
    Nov 23 -- Labor Thanksgiving Day.  
    Dec 24 -- Monday after Emperor's Birthday.  
    The following days are not official national holidays but you are  
not likely to be able to schedule any business meetings on the day.  

    Apr 01 -- New School year starts, job changing and office moving  
                    day. (Happens to be a Sunday in 2001, but watch out !)  
    Aug 13  \  Festival of the Souls. (Mon Tue and Wed)  
    Aug 14 -- This is the period when Japanese visit the graves of  
    Aug 15  /  their ancestors.  
    Dec 28 -- Last working day of the year for most office workers.  
    Dec 29     (see above)  
    Dec 30     (see above)  
    Dec 31     (see above)  

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