Respect for the Aged Day in Japan in 2021

Respect for the Aged Day in Japan in 2021

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Respect for the Aged Day
  Dates of Respect for the Aged Day in Japan
2023 Japan Mon, Sep 18 National Holiday
2022 Japan Mon, Sep 19 National Holiday
2021 Japan Mon, Sep 20 National Holiday
2020 Japan Mon, Sep 21 National Holiday
2019 Japan Mon, Sep 16 National Holiday

Respect of the Aged Day was established as a national holiday in 1966 to express respect for the elders in the community

When is Respect of the Aged Day?

This national holiday is celebrated on the Third Monday in September.

Also known as Seniors' Day, Respect of the Aged Day, or Keiro no Hi, was established as a national holiday in 1966 to express respect for the elders in the community, and to recognise and thank them for their contributions to society and last but not least, celebrate their long lives.

Until 2003, the holiday was observed on September 15th. Since 2004, Respect for the Aged Day has instead been observed on the third Monday of September.

Traditions of Respect of the Aged Day

To honour their elders, many communities throw parties and offer special gifts to bring even more longevity to their lives.

Did you know?

Japanese citizens who become 100 years old in the 12 months prior to the day, receive a silver sake dish on Respect the Aged Day. Since 2016, the dishes have been silver-plated rather than pure silver as the increasing number of centenarians made the silver dish too expensive a gift for the government to give to such a high number of people each year.

The share of Japan's elderly population has remained on the rise since 1950 and is expected to surge to as high as 35.3% in 2040. The ageing of the population in Japan is a major issue as it creates concerns over how the country will fund health care and social security payments in the future with a contracting workforce

Japanese media often take the opportunity to feature the older generations, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.

In September 2020 the estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 36.17 million, accounting for 28.7% of the nation’s total population, with both figures hitting record highs, according to an internal affairs ministry survey. The elderly population increased by 300,000 from a year earlier and its share rose by 0.3 percentage point. Elderly men totaled 15.73 million, accounting for 25.7% of the total male population. The number of elderly women stood at 20.44 million, or 31.6% of the female population across Japan.

Japan Today, September 20th 2020

The holiday traces its origins back to 1947, when Nomatanimura (now Yachiyocho), Hyōgo Prefecture proclaimed September 15th as 'Old Folks' Day'.

Its popularity started to spread nationwide until in 1966 it reached its present name and status.

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