In order to celebrate the succession of the emperor, the Japanese government has set a closure for late April and the beginning of May – the exact dates are 27th of April until 6th of May.
No government functions will be maintained during the 10-day holiday in Japan, also called the ‘Golden Week’.
Crown Prince Naruhito will be crowned as the new emperor on 1st of May, one day prior to that the current Emperor Akihito will abdicate the throne.
Therefore, applicants should keep in mind that this will involve the closure of embassies, consulates as well as the government’s offices and will lead to considerable delays regarding immigration processes.
Employers will have to consider the closure and urgent decisions are to be taken before the holiday break. An early submission of applications is recommended, as delays of two or three weeks are expected.