Public Holidays in Japan for 2019
The Japanese are not known for taking long vacations. However, they have 16 national public holidays that are recognized by the government every year. Their public holidays mean that people are particularly busy traveling to different places with their family or to be with them. They also travel to be part of communal festivities. At the beginning of May, there are several public holidays that fall on consecutive days is called the “Golden Week”. This period is specifically busy, and it is a wise idea to not travel during this time.
Take note that Japan has a fair number of national holidays, which does not mean shops are closed. You will find a lot of shops and restaurants open. The exception is only New Year’s Day when everything is closed. Banks, government institutions, and post offices are closed during public holidays.
How are Businesses in Japan During Holidays
During the most recent seven day stretch of December to the main seven day stretch of January, at that point Golden Week which is toward the finish of April to May, and the Obon occasion in mid-August; these are the main holidays. A lot of businesses are closed during the Golden Week. In the Obon holiday, a lot of Japanese go to their families in the rural areas of Japan.
Resorts and traffic are busy during these holidays, which is why many people book hotels and flights in advance.
Japan has Labor Standards Inspectors that observe how employers are following laws and regulations of the labor code. They make sure that employees are working in healthy conditions for their welfare. They also ensure the workers’ occupational accident compensation in case they suffer from a work-related accident.
Dates of the Japan Public Holiday 2019
|1 January||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||National|
|14 January||Monday||Coming of Age Day||National|
|11 February||Monday||National Foundation Day||National|
|21 March||Thursday||March Equinox Day||Season|
|29 April||Monday||Showa Day||National|
|30 April||Tuesday||Coronation Day Holiday||National|
|1 May||Wednesday||Coronation Day||National|
|2 May||Thursday||Coronation Day Holiday||National|
|3 May||Friday||Constitution Memorial Day||National|
|4 May||Saturday||Greenery Day||National|
|5 May||Sunday||Children’s Day||National|
|6 May||Monday||Children’s Day Holiday||National|
|22 June||Saturday||June Solstice||Season|
|11 August||Sunday||Mountain Day||National|
|12 August||Monday||Mountain Day Holiday||National|
|16 September||Monday||Respect for the Aged Holiday||Season|
|23 September||Monday||Autumn Equinox Day||National|
|14 October||Monday||Health and Sports Day||National|
|22 October||Tuesday||Emperor’s Coronation Ceremony Day||National|
|3 November||Sunday||Culture Day||National|
|4 November||Monday||Culture Day Holiday||National|
|23 November||Saturday||Labor Thanksgiving Day||National|
|22 December||Sunday||December Solstice||Season|
|31 December||Tuesday||Bank Holiday||Bank Holiday|
Employee Benefits During Holidays
National holidays are very important to the Japanese, and they take time off, but employers do not have a legal requirement to pay workers during these times. Since this is the case, employers are not obliged to add to your monthly pay each time there is a national holiday that interrupts your work obligations.
For the foreign residents, the national holidays in Japan and why they are declared holidays might be confusing. Maybe it is enough for them to know what the red days to find out when they can stay at home or spend a long weekend. Again, the frequency of Japan’s national holidays helps offset the ten mandatory paid holidays, and they are often combined with the paid leave, as with Golden Week, Obon, and the New Year.
The thing with these longer holidays is that everyone is on vacation, so it gets packed in the airports. The traffic is horrendous, and accommodations are full.
Doing Business in Japan
Japan is a popular choice for foreign business investors and it has been globally recognized for ease in establishing a business in their country.
Here are some of the best business ideas in Japan:
3D Printing Company
Since Japan is a hotspot for technology globally, it means that a 3D printing company will be a good business in Japan. If you have a 3D printing company, you are involved in every 3D printing aspect and rapid prototyping services like 3D printing rapid prototyping, support services for 3D printing, and more.
You can plan a call center in Japan with an affordable capital. The call center’s location is not very important because no one is going to visit you. The location can be anywhere that is suitable, with enough space.
You must keep the noise level to an allowed standard, which is about 40 to 50 dB for workplaces.
Now that you have read why setting up a business in Japan is a great idea, you can already start one by asking for help from 3E Accounting.