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Bill OK’d for 10 straight days off in 2019

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill to allow the country to have 10 straight days off from April 27 to May 6 next year, including the date of Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the throne.

The lower house approved the bill by a majority vote with support mainly from the ruling camp. It is expected to be enacted during the current Diet session, set to end on Monday, following deliberations at the House of Councillors.

The bill seeks to designate May 1, 2019, as a national holiday to celebrate the crown prince’s enthronement, making April 30 and May 2 extra days off as the holiday law stipulates that a day between national holidays becomes a holiday.

The bill also calls for designating Oct. 22 the same year, when the Sokuirei Seiden no Gi ceremony is scheduled to take place to proclaim the enthronement, as a national holiday.

On Friday, the lower house Cabinet Committee unanimously adopted an additional resolution urging the government to ensure that the long holidays do not negatively affect people’s lives.Speech

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