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Japanese National Founding Day

Posted by: anave | February 11, 2009 Comments Off on Japanese National Founding Day |

Today, February 11 is 建国記念の日(けんこくきねんのひ)and is a national holiday in Japan. Even though it is called National Founding day, it is, unlike Independence Day of the United States, not a specific historical date. It is based on the myth that the first Emperor Jinmu ascended to the throne on February 11; and that day id was decided., was the beginning of Japan. After the WWII the observance was discontinued, because there was no historical basis for it but 1967 it was reinstated. February 11 was also the day when the new constitution; Constitution of the Empire of Japan was promulgated by Emperor Meiji on 11 February 1889.

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