Japan May Make New Emperor's Proclamation Date Nonworking Day (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering designating the date for proclaiming Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne, expected for October next year, as a nonworking day, informed sources said.

The move is designed to make the proclamation ceremony a celebratory event for the Japanese people, the sources said.

The event is core part of the enthronement ceremonies for Crown Prince Naruhito.

Emperor Akihito's proclamation was held on November 12, 1990, which was designated as a nonworking day. The ceremony was attended by about 2,200 guests, and was followed by a parade in Tokyo.

The government is also considering designating May 1, 2019, the planned date for Crown Prince Naruhito's rise to the throne, as a national holiday or a nonworking day. Emperor Akihito is scheduled to abdicate on April 30, 2019.

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