japan creates new holiday

Japan's New Holiday


Looking for an excuse to take a day off? One country is creating its own.

The Japanese government just created its 16th official national holiday. Beginning on August 11th 2016; workers will be given the day off for “Mountain Day.” A day designed to give people the chance to appreciate the country's mountain ranges.

And while that seems like an unusual way to spend a day; Japan’s government says it doesn't have a choice. It says the population is overworked and refuses to put a dent in its government mandated vacation time. According to the Wall Street Journal the average Japanese worker only uses 8.6 of their vacation days a year.  read more »