‘Oct. 11 is a working day! ‘ : Japanese government warns public of ghost holidays in 2021 calendars

This photo shows a calendar with October 11 marked as Sports Day, a national holiday in Japan. Sports Day has been moved from 2021 to July 23 to coincide with the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. (Mainichi / Maki Nakajima)

TOKYO – “October 11 is a weekday!” the Cabinet Office public relations office tweeted from its official account on October 5.

As part of a review of the Special Measures Act for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which moved the 2021 public holidays to coincide with the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics, the Sports Day from October 11 has been moved to July 23, which means no vacation in October this year.

The government said on Twitter: “Even though October 11 is Sports Day on the calendar, please know that today is a regular weekday. Please tell people around you.”

The revised law was passed and promulgated at a plenary session of the House of Councilors on November 27 last year to ease congestion in central Tokyo during the Games. According to the Japan Calendar Publishers Association, many companies start printing their products early in the previous year, and member companies’ 2021 calendars were hitting presses as early as late 2019 and spring 2020 at the latest. As a result, there are many calendars and agendas in circulation for 2021 that could not be changed to reflect the change in holidays over time.

(Japanese original by Digital News Center)

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