Japanese National Holidays 2003 (Source: Japanese Embassy, Ottawa)

    If you are planning for business travel to Japan in 2003, you should  
be aware of the Japanese National Holidays. (Besides having your  
business card translated to Japanese)  
    Jan  01 -- New Year's Day.  
    Jan  13 -- Coming of Age day or Young Adults Day.  
    Feb 11 -- National Foundation Day.  
    Mar 21 -- Spring Equinox.  
    Apr 29 -- Nature Day. 
    May 03 -- Constitution Day.  
    May 04 -- People's Day.  
    May 05 -- Children's Day.  
    Jul   21 -- Monday after Day of the Sea or Marine Day.  
    Sep 15 -- Respect for the Elders Day.  
    Sep 23 -- Autumn Equinox.  
    Oct 13 -- School Sports Day.  
    Nov 03 -- Culture Day.  
    Nov 24 -- Monday after Labor Thanksgiving Day.  
    Dec 23 -- 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  
    Aug 13  \  Festival of the Souls. (Wed Thu Fri)  
    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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