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May 03 is the “Constitution Memorial Day” public holiday in Japan

National Diet Building in Tokyo

 

Constitution Memorial Day is a national holiday that takes place every third day of May and is also part of the Golden Week. This holiday aims to commemorate the promulgation of The Constitution of Japan on May 3, 1947 that replaced the Meiji Constitution. This present Constitution upholds fundamental human rights and rejects war. In this Constitution, the Emperor is “the symbol of the state and the unity of the people” and it does not wield any powers related to government.

The National Diet building is open to visitors on this day. Different ceremonies such as lectures and features in newspapers mark the day.

Click here for a complete list of public holidays in Japan

 

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