Respect for the Aged Day in Japan in 2019

Respect for the Aged Day in Japan in 2019
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  Dates of Respect for the Aged Day in Japan
2021Japan Mon, Sep 20National Holiday
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2019Japan Mon, Sep 16National Holiday
2018Japan Mon, Sep 17National Holiday
2017Japan Mon, Sep 18National 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 15th September. 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. From 2016, the dishes will be 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.

In 2015, life expectancy in Japan was 87.05 for women and 80.79 for men. In 2016, a record 34.6 million Japanese were 65 or older, accounting for 27.3 percent of the Japanese population. The aging 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.

Japan's centenarian population increased by 4,124 from a year ago to a record high of 65,692 in September, with women accounting for 87.6 percent of the total, the welfare ministry said Tuesday. The number of centenarians has continuously risen since 1971 and is projected to grow further mainly thanks to advancing medical treatment, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.
Nikkei Asian Review, 13 September 2016

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

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

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