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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 1969 Uniform Monday Holiday Act in the United States.

Public holidays in Japan
DateMoved to MondayEnglish nameLocal nameRomanization
January 1No New Year's Day 元日Ganjitsu
January 15Since 2000 Coming of Age Day 成人の日Seijin no hi
February 11No National Foundation Day 建国記念の日Kenkoku kinen no hi
February 23No The Emperor's Birthday 天皇誕生日Tennō tanjōbi
March 20 or March 21No Vernal Equinox Day 春分の日Shunbun no hi
April 29No Shōwa Day 昭和の日Shōwa no hi
May 3No Constitution Memorial Day 憲法記念日Kenpō kinenbi
May 4No Greenery Day みどりの日Midori no hi
May 5No Children's Day 子供の日Kodomo no hi
July 20Since 2003 Marine Day 海の日Umi no hi
August 11No Mountain Day 山の日Yama no hi
September 15Since 2003 Respect for the Aged Day 敬老の日Keirō no hi
September 22 or September 23No Autumnal Equinox Day 秋分の日Shūbun no hi
October 10Since 2000 Health and Sports Day 体育の日Taiiku no hi
November 3No Culture Day 文化の日Bunka no hi
November 23No Labor Thanksgiving Day 勤労感謝の日Kinrō kansha no hi

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