Newspaper holiday

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A newspaper holiday (新聞休刊日 shimbunkyuukanbi?) or press holiday (休刊日 kyuukanbi?) is a monthly holiday in Japan for newspaper delivery companies and newspapers. It was introduced in 1956 in two months per year, and was gradually extended over the decades until 1991, when many newspapers started having one holiday per month. They generally fall on Mondays, or on Tuesdays if a Monday is a national holiday.

Unlike regular dailies, a number of daily sports newspapers continue to publish on newspaper holidays.

In 2013, the newspaper holidays are on January 2, February 12, April 15, May 7, June 10, August 12, September 9, October 15, November 11 and December 9.[1][2]


  1. ^ Nikkei Shimbun website 休刊日一覧 Retrieved on July 9, 2012
  2. ^ Asa-Gao website 2012年の休刊日 Retrieved on May 8, 2013