Public Holidays 2008 (Source: Japanese Embassy,
If you are planning for business travel to Japan in 2008, you
be aware of
the Japanese Public Holidays. (Besides having your
business card translated to Japanese)
Jan 01 -- New Year's Day.
Jan 14 -- Coming of Age day or Young Adults Day.
Feb 11 -- National
Mar 20 -- Spring Equinox.
Apr 29 -- Showa Day. (Showa Day is a new holiday starting from
May 03 -- Constitution Day.
May 05 -- Children's Day
May 06 -- Tuesady After Nature's Day. (Nature's Day is May 04, a
Sunday, but Monday May 5 is also a holiday).
Jul 21 -- 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
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
\ Festival of the Souls.
Aug 14 -- This is the period when Japanese visit the graves of
Aug 15 /
Dec 28 -- Last working day of the year for most office workers.
Dec 30 (see above)
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