February 11 Kenkoku kinenbi - National Foundation Day
According to the ancient myths of Japan, on this date in 660 B.C. the Japanese nation was founded by Emperor Jimmu. February 11th is also the date that the Meiji Constitution of 1889 was proclaimed.
Because of these connections to the Emperor worship system, the Occupation administration after World War II cancelled the Foundation Day, but the Japanese government reinstated it in 1966. In most cities, various groups take to the streets and demonstrate against the revival of the Imperial system.
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