Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government is considering designating May 1, 2019, the planned date for Crown Prince Naruhito’s rise to the throne, as a national holiday, informed sources said Wednesday.
The move would allow 10 consecutive days off, from April 27 to May 6 in 2019, under the National Holidays Law stipulating that a weekday between national holidays is designated a day off.
At present, April 29 and May 3-5 are national holidays. If May 1, 2019, is designated a national holiday, April 30 and May 2, both weekdays that year, will be days off under the law.
Under a plan agreed on by the Imperial House Council, the Emperor will abdicate on April 30, 2019, and Crown Prince Naruhito will accede to the throne on May 1 that year, when the era name is also set to change from the current Heisei.
If the era name is changed on a nonworking day, confusion related to system changes in both public and private sectors will be minimized, sources familiar with the situation said.