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May 3 - Kenpo Kinenbi PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 26 April 2008 15:55
 Kenpo Kinenbi - Constitution Day, celebrated on May 3, is a patriotic holiday in Japan. The day commemorates the date when the post-war Japanese constitution was enacted. The most famous part of this constitution is Article 9 which prohibits Japan from participating in war activities, except in cases of self-defense. It is also part of Golden Week. . Expect to pay two times the average flight price. This also affects foreign destinations as well.

Japan’s constitution went into effect on May 3, 1947 and replaced the constitution from the Meiji era. The current Japanese Constitution was based off of a draft presented by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur at the close of World War II. The Japanese constitution is a point of pride for the citizens of the country.

Major changes that were made:

-The emperor loses all governmental power and his position is purely symbolic.
- Sovereign power lies with the people (self-govern).
-Complete division of the legislative, judiciary and executive powers.
-Prohibition of leading war or maintaining an army. 

Kenpokinenbi Diet BuildingAccording to Japanese law, a day that falls between 2 national holidays is also declared a national holiday. So, Between Day (now called Greenery day) was named as the holiday that falls between Kenpo Kinenbi and Kodomo no hi during Golden Week. This is also popular holiday for the uyoku right-wingers. They can be seen parading through town in their black speaker trucks, speaking against the constitution.ay two times the average flight price. This also affects foreign destinations as well.


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