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'July 19 is not a holiday': Japan's calendar publishers alert people not to get wrong idea

This calendar shows July 19 as a national holiday. (Mainichi/Aya Shiota)

TOKYO -- Calendar publishers in Japan are alerting people not to get the wrong idea from many calendars showing July 19 and Oct. 11 this year as national holidays because they had already been printed before legislation shifted them around for the Olympics.

    A revision to the Act on Special Measures for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics moved Marine Day -- which usually falls on the third Monday in July -- from July 19 to July 22, and Sports Day -- which usually falls on the second Monday in October -- from Oct. 11 to July 23 for the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

    The revision to the act was passed during a House of Councillors plenary session on Nov. 27 last year to ease congestion in central Tokyo, sparking panic in the calendar industry.

    A schedule book also shows July 19 as a national holiday. (Mainichi/Naoyuki Inukai)

    According to the Japan Calendar Publishers Association, many publishers start printing calendars at the beginning of the year before. The association's member companies apparently began printing 2021 calendars as early as late 2019, and as late as the spring of 2020, which means they had already finished printing them by the time the legal revision was approved. The association is urging people to be careful about the holiday dates, posting an "important notice about calendar information" on its official website.

    In August this year, Mountain Day on Aug. 11 has been moved to Aug. 8 for the Olympics' closing ceremony, but since this is a Sunday, the following day, Aug. 9, will be a substitute holiday. As Sports Day has been shifted to July 23, there is no national holiday in October this year.

    Please make sure to note these changes on your calendar.

    (Japanese original by Maki Nakajima, Digital News Center)

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