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Gov't considers 10-day holiday period around 2019 imperial succession

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Great! Let's give everyone a holiday at the same time and watch mayhem ensue...

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great.....

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It will take another 10 days to untangle the traffic jams on the Tomei expressway.

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Well the Government "consider" many things so warping a national holiday Into a new emperors assertion why not ? Maybe the government could actually make Labour laws just to celebrate this. After all the caleder makers have had to disrupt there entire lives because of this?

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So - Nobody (whether they are interested in the historical change of the Monarch or not), is happy about having 10 days off work? Book a flight out now, with a cheap cancellation charge if you can and take advantage of it because rest assured when this DOES pass into legislation by the end of this month prices will skyrocket. It's not a holiday at that time anywhere else in the world. Perfect time to travel. Can't seem to please people on Japan Today!

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So - Nobody (whether they are interested in the historical change of the Monarch or not), is happy about having 10 days off work? Book a flight out now, with a cheap cancellation charge if you can and take advantage of it because rest assured when this DOES pass into legislation by the end of this month prices will skyrocket. It's not a holiday at that time anywhere else in the world. Perfect time to travel. Can't seem to please people on Japan Today!

Ehhh

in a move that would create a 10-day Golden Week holiday period.

Golden week is ALREADY high season (expensive af)

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How much do you want to bet it'll be 100% "optional"?

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Japanese law stipulates that a weekday sandwiched by national holidays automatically becomes a public holiday.

I wasn't aware of this, fair play to Japan. So annoying when national holidays fall on a weekend like many of them have this last year or two.

It will take another 10 days to untangle the traffic jams on the Tomei expressway.

I'd argue that with 10 days holiday, the u-turn traffic rush would more likely be spread over a few days

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Personally, I don't want a 10-day holiday then. I'm taking three weeks off in July. Why do we even need 10 days holiday then anyway? You can still celebrate the new emperor's succession without having a long holiday. And if you're planning to leave the country for 10 days, that defeats the purpose of celebrating the event.

Anyway, these holidays will be mainly for government, banking and post offices and the like. The retail sector will not be having holidays, nor will the hospitality industry or the manufacturing sector that has production lines working around the clock. Night shift workers will still work their shifts.

There are too many national holidays in Japan, as it is. I like my job and prefer to work. To quote someone (I don't know who), if you like your job, you will never have to work a day in your life.

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Party Time! Will be great if “Golden Weeks” become permanent every year. Busy workers need a rest, and will be excellent for tourism.

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“Japanese law stipulates that a weekday sandwiched by national holidays automatically becomes a public holiday”

Meanwhile, on other parts of the ball, in places run by people who aren’t so tight, Japanese would be gobsmacked to learn that they employ ideas such as this; making the following Monday a holiday when a public holiday falls on a weekend. And workers required to work on a public holiday or substituted public holiday are entitled to remuneration at a holiday penalty rate.

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The state occasion will be held for the first time because the new title was created for the younger brother, rather than the son, of the new emperor under special legislation enabling the abdication of Emperor Akihito, 84, who signaled his wish to retire due to advanced age and failing health.

They can create a new title, make an unnecessary law "allowing" the Emperor to abdicate, there was no law up to this point, anywhere, stating he couldn't abdicate, and Abe and Company wasted literally hundreds of millions of yen, with unnecessary meetings, teeth sucking, finally getting to a decision and yet......

The Imperial House Law stipulates only males can ascend the throne in the world's oldest hereditary monarchy. Crown Prince Naruhito only has a daughter -- the 16-year old Princess Aiko.

They can't make a simple change to the IHA law stating that a female can ascend the throne!

And Abe wonders why his "urges" to the business community about improving conditions for women fall on deaf ears!

He had the PERFECT opportunity to be a true leader, by example, but as usual he blew it!

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Recommendation to the Abe govt: neighbours should be invited and televise the event.

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Yep! I’ll take that. Let’s just hope it doesn’t become another ‘premium Friday’ scenario.

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Yubaru, in principle, the govt should be not allowed to interfere with the Imperial House. The right to make change is solely and exclusively of the Emperor's.

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Well folks, time to start training/prepping my liver for this extended Golden Week

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The right to make change is solely and exclusively of the Emperor's.

It isn't, it's regulated by the Imperial Household Law. The Emperor has no say in the matter.

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"We will thoroughly prepare for (a series of rites) so that all the people can celebrate," 

10 days holiday? Will that be including those who will have to / are told to work. How about making it double pay or get another day off by law, and enforced. That would be something all those people can celebrate. Never happen of course. Holidays will just be optional for companies etc to follow as usual. Pure spin - ignore.

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As Uni teacher this will do me zero good. I will either have to teacher anyway. Or it will just eat into my regular vacation. Do you really think a 16 week semester isn't going to be 16 weeks? They are going to have is teach 16 weeks worth of classes one way or the other, so this is zero days off most teachers unless I am missing something.

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Yubaru, in principle, the govt should be not allowed to interfere with the Imperial House. The right to make change is solely and exclusively of the Emperor's.

RIght, and the sitting PM is and other politicians are a part of the IHA. I get the feeling you are unfamiliar with how things work here.

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The travel and hospitality industries will love it as they jack up the airfares and accommodation prices for domestic and international travel. They'll be throwing some yen into the right hands to help facilitate the 10 day holiday no doubt.

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In the last days of the Roman empire, nearly half of the days of the year were designated as national holidays and the Romans took to panem et circenses. I can’t help seeing disturbing parallels.

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If Abe has the guts, he should change the constitution that "The Imperial Throne shall be dynastic and succeeded to in accordance with the Imperial House Law passed by the Diet", and recover the law that can only be changed by the Emperor.

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If Abe has the guts, he should change the constitution that "The Imperial Throne shall be dynastic and succeeded to in accordance with the Imperial House Law passed by the Diet", and recover the law that can only be changed by the Emperor.

Good grief you do have some odd ideas Akie. Abe needs more than 'guts' to change the constitution in a democracy. This isn't China, you can't just murder or buy your way to the top seat. Do you mean that the Emperor should be allowed to choose his successor? Europeans and Japanese spent many a century slaughtering themselves over their thrones, those days are thankfully long gone.

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ClippetyClop, actually, Japan is very unique and the continuity can be traced back to the first Emperor Jimmu, who many believe was Xu Fu from China, based on time and facts. Japanese Emperor has nothing to do with Europe, and actually rooted in Chinese culture, even the title itself was derived from Chinese characters.

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@Akie I know the Chinese like to believe that everything came from China, but I'm afraid the world has quite a different opinion. It's a benefit of free journalism. You're a long way in the queue behind the Americans and Europeans with regards to cultural influence in Japan for the last 100 years or so.

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If Abe has the guts, he should change the constitution that "The Imperial Throne shall be dynastic and succeeded to in accordance with the Imperial House Law passed by the Diet", and recover the law that can only be changed by the Emperor.

So in effect you are an advocate of restoring the Emperor to God status. I wonder do you happen to drive a large black van?

ClippetyClop, actually, Japan is very unique and the continuity can be traced back to the first Emperor Jimmu, who many believe was Xu Fu from China, based on time and facts. Japanese Emperor has nothing to do with Europe, and actually rooted in Chinese culture, even the title itself was derived from Chinese characters.

Akie, what you just wrote here makes China even more unique than Japan! By your own words you are stating a fact that Japan has it's Emperor's roots in China, making it less unique than you would like to think.

Not to mention that it also contradicts the commonly held belief that Japan is an ethnocentric society, hell even the Emperor has "mixed" blood!

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They are going to have is teach 16 weeks worth of classes one way or the other, so this is zero days off most teachers unless I am missing something.

They will teach the same number of classes, just no during the period in question. In effect you are actually only "loosing" 3 days worth of possible class time, April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd.

The rest of the days are currently either the weekend or the other holidays during the time, the following Monday is off because the "Children's Day" holiday falls on a Sunday, so it is observed on Monday.

The law they created, a few years back, that stipulates that a weekday sandwiched by national holidays automatically becomes a public holiday, was initially created for the "Silver Week" in September, and is being used here as well.

Just counting "official" National Holidays, and not the extended breaks that a couple have, and not including the Emperors birthday, Japan has 18 national holidays in 2019, add in the extra days, Golden Week and New Years, and it gets up to close to 30 days.

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Great! We need more days off. Simple as that.

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Good for town hall workers, well the seishain ones.

At many companies, it will be a case of you can have a national holiday but won't be paid for the overtime you do to make up for it.

Cut and paste the usual comment about giving people time off when they want/need it.

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Ok, whatever......so now more rip off pricing, crowded conditions, traffic jams etc...…

Why the hell not change the daft society to allow its people to take holidays when THEY want them, this is so simple.

Ok since TIJ, then how about the incentive for companies to ""allow"" their staff to take THEIR holidays. Simple, make & ENFORCE a law that says companies MUST pay ALL un-used holidays at triple their value, THEN we might start making some much need changes wrt to people's balance of work/holiday etc

Not holding my breath tho!

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Every Chinese I know imbibed with their mother’s milk a party line fable about a shichifukujin like boatload of assorted geniuses who, whether exiled or of their own volition, left China, lobbed up in Japan, whereupon they became the progenitors of the Yamato race. Ask one to humor you with the story next time you have a chance.

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How many people would actually get a 10 day holiday. It's madness anyway, 10 days is far too long for the State to shut down. God forbid anyone that gets ill during the 10 days too, or has to travel anywhere.

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@Luddite. Everybody other then those in Retail / Entertaiment / Hospitality. Same as every time the Silver Week 'Sandwich' comes around. I'm not Japanese and there is obviously a lack of input from Japanese on this website but you are missing the point. The Emperor is abdicating, a new Japanese era will begin whether you like it or not and for a lot of Japanese (not all... I know), it's a pretty big deal - Making it May 1st is just convenient.

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@stepoutsidethebox - As Uni teacher this will do me zero good. I will either have to teacher anyway. Or it will just eat into my regular vacation. Do you really think a 16 week semester isn't going to be 16 weeks? They are going to have is teach 16 weeks worth of classes one way or the other, so this is zero days off most teachers unless I am missing something.

What are you talking about? All the schools will be closed! It's only the school teachers who are on per-lesson salaries that will lose out. Dropping a couple of lessons out of the curriculum means nothing because the students learn bugger all anyway.

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@Luddite. Everybody other then those in Retail / Entertaiment / Hospitality. Same as every time the Silver Week 'Sandwich' comes around. I'm not Japanese and there is obviously a lack of input from Japanese on this website but you are missing the point. The Emperor is abdicating, a new Japanese era will begin whether you like it or not and for a lot of Japanese (not all... I know), it's a pretty big deal - Making it May 1st is just convenient.

I know what I wrote, I don't need you, wrongly, explaining to me what I mean.

There are far more than those in the retail/hospitality/entertainment services who have to work during holidays, and I believe you fail to grasp the impact on those working and of how a country ticks over during a long public holiday. Ten days is too long.

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Yes Luddite - I am aware of the Emergency Services/Hospital Workers etc and those that HAVE to keep working. I am not explaining to you wrongly what you mean.

This proposed break is no different to a lot of New Years here when the calendar falls a certain way. As you 'presumably' know, a lot of small businesses and companies/restaurants for example this year will probably close on the 28th Dec and not reopen until 7th Jan. That is a 9 day holiday itself.

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