If you are planning for business travel to Japan in 2004, you should
be aware of the Japanese Public Holidays. (Besides having your
business card translated to Japanese)
Jan 01 -- New Year's Day.
Jan 12 -- Coming of Age day or Young Adults Day.
Feb 11 -- National Foundation Day.
Mar 20 -- Spring Equinox.
Apr 29 -- Nature Day.
May 03 -- Constitution Day.
May 04 -- People's Day.
May 05 -- Children's Day.
Jul 19 -- Day of the Sea or Marine Day.
Sep 20 -- Respect for the Elders Day.
Sep 23 -- Autumn Equinox.
Oct 11 -- School Sports Day.
Nov 03 -- Culture Day.
Nov 23 -- 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)