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Happy Monday System

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The Happy Monday System (ハッピーマンデー制度, Happī Mandē Seido) is a set of modifications to Japanese law in 1998[1] and 2001[2] to move a number of public holidays in Japan to Mondays, creating three-day weekends for those with five-day work weeks. It is the Japanese equivalent of the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act in the United States.

Public holidays in Japan
Date Moved to Monday English name Local name Romanization
January 1 No New Year's Day 元日 Ganjitsu
January 15 Since 2000 Coming of Age Day 成人の日 Seijin no hi
February 11 No National Foundation Day 建国記念の日 Kenkoku kinen no hi
February 23 No The Emperor's Birthday 天皇誕生日 Tennō tanjōbi
March 20 or March 21 No Vernal Equinox Day 春分の日 Shunbun no hi
April 29 No Shōwa Day (Hirohito's Birthday) 昭和の日 Shōwa no hi
May 3 No Constitution Memorial Day 憲法記念日 Kenpō kinenbi
May 4 No Greenery Day みどりの日 Midori no hi
May 5 No Children's Day こどもの日 Kodomo no hi
July 20 Since 2003 Marine Day 海の日 Umi no hi
August 11 No Mountain Day 山の日 Yama no hi
September 15 Since 2003 Respect for the Aged Day 敬老の日 Keirō no hi
September 22 or September 23 No Autumnal Equinox Day 秋分の日 Shūbun no hi
October 10 Since 2000 Sports Day スポーツの日 Supōtsu no Hi
November 3 No Culture Day 文化の日 Bunka no hi
November 23 No Labor Thanksgiving Day 勤労感謝の日 Kinrō kansha no hi

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