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Japan is giving everybody 10 days off to celebrate getting a new emperor


  • Japan is declaring a ten-day public holiday to celebrate the coronation of its new emperor, Naruhito, later this month.
  • Some citizens are celebrating by going on overseas vacations and luxury cruise ship tours.
  • But according to some surveys, almost half of the country isn't happy about the extra-long holiday. Some parents are complaining about extra chores and no childcare.
  • The financial industry is also worried that the time off will hurt stocks and the currency.
The Japanese cabinet last November approved a bill to create national holidays on April 30, May 1, and May 2 to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito's ascension to emperor on May 1. Naruhito's father, Emperor Akihito, is abdicating at the end of this month.


The country already has April 29, and May 3 to May 6 - known as "Golden Week" - off as regular national public holidays. Together, this makes for 10 consecutive days off.


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