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Japan ‘Super holiday’ week coming soon

Date Posted: 2006-04-21

Japan’s longest holiday kicks off next Saturday, and runs nine days this year.

Golden Week is one of the country’s several big holiday times, and this year will encompass April 29th through May 7th There are two work days in the middle — May 1st and 2nd — but thousands of workers will take paid holidays for these days too.

Mainland Japanese companies will be more liberal and generous with vacation time during Golden Week, an average of nearly seven days off. Small to mid-size companies will allow 6.2 days vacation. Look for government agencies to offer seven days to its civil servants.

Okinawa will not get the long break, largely because it’s service and tourism oriented businesses are extremely busy catering to all the others who are on holiday. Still, officials report Okinawa workers last year averaged 6.3 days off during Golden Week. That figure is expected to hold true again in 2006.

Statistically, 24% of Japanese workers will receive more than seven days vacation during Golden Week, while 31% will grant all nine days off. Most companies, 59%, will allow five days. At the extreme, estimates are that a few companies will be ultra liberal, offering their employees 11 days paid holidays for golden week.

;Okinawa’s service companies say they cannot afford to give employees more than three days because of the influx of tourists from mainland Japan and overseas. Okinawa is now described as the number one Japanese resort tourism location.

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