Constitution Memorial Day

Public and national holidays in Japan National Holiday in Japan

Constitutional Memorial Dya is celebrated in Japan on 3 May

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Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2019 Friday May 03
2018 Thursday May 03
2017 Wednesday May 03
2016 Tuesday May 03
1 Day
Local name
Kenpo kinenbi
Commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of Japan on May 3rd, 1947

Also known as Constitution Day and 'Kenpo kinenbi' in Japan, this public holiday is part of Golden Week.

The Constitution of Japan came into force on May 3rd, 1947.

To commemorate this event, the date is celebrated as a national holiday. 

Unlike the Meiji Constitution that it replaced, the present Constitution declares that sovereignty lies with the people; the Emperor is "the symbol of the state and the unity of the people" who has no "powers related to government."

It asserts that people have fundamental human rights and renounce war. 

It is a very democratic document modeled on the American and British constitutions. 

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Golden Week

Constitution Memorial Day is the second holiday of Golden Week. The Golden Week is a period when four national holidays fall within the space of seven days. The days which are holidays each year depend on how the holidays fall in combination with the two weekends either side of Golden Week. It has become a very popular and busy holiday season in Japan.

Holidays of Golden Week

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