Friday, April 07, 2006

When does a year start?

In Japan, fiscal year starts in April and ends in March. This month is quite busy season in Japan preparing for new life.

A year in old Japan used to start in September following the U.S system. However, it changed from September to April.

There are two reasons. First of all, the Japan army changed the opening day of notification which is to join the army from September to April. Secondary, financial year also changed like the above. Consequently, schools which are given subsidy from a prefecture and country had to change the entrance month to April. (students in Japan have entrance ceremony in April and graduation ceremony in March.)

I bet fiscal year is very different in the world. When years start in your country?

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Kyoko or Gongzi said...

Wow, I didn't know that!:o
Japanese year had started in September? Amazing!
I heard from my Korean friends. In South Korea, school starts in March and finish in February. But I don't know why..I want to ask them more minutely again!

p.s. thank you very much for leaving a message on my blog. I was very glad to read it~:)

Fabi said...

I don't know about fiscal year, but school start is different from state to state here in Germany. But generally you can say, summer holidays ends in mid or end of August. They are changing they're grade after summer holidays and the entrance is also after summer holidays.

In my state, I will graduate in June this year, but the exams starts already in May. My first workday is Aug. 21th.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting!

Here in the UK, the financial year starts on 6th April, but other years start on January 1st. But then, the academic year generally starts in August/September.

Pierre-Yann said...

In France, school start in september, or even in october. A lot of other things start the first january.

When did Japan change from september to april?

kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment, kyoko or gongzi.

I didn't know the fiscal year in south Korea.
If you find the reason, tell me someday.

kayanon said...


Summer holidays ends in end of August in Japan like your country.

How long does the vacation last?

kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment, Mark.

It is interesting that starting time is divided in your country!

kayanon said...


Japan changed fiscal year from September to April in the 19th year of Meiji. So in 1886.

Fabi said...

Hi Kayano,

here in my state, summer holidays are about 6 weeks long. In other states in Germany there are maybe some differences.

In my state its like this:

Summer holiday - 6 weeks
Autumn holiday (October) - 2 weeks
Christmas and New Years holiday - 1 or 2 weeks
Winter holiday (February) - 2 weeks
Spring holiday (Easter time) - 1 week


kayanon said...

Hi, fabi.

Ausome! You have Autumn holiday and Christmas and New Year holiday!

In Japan, there are Summer holiday,Winter holiday and Sprig holiday. Its term is depending on the schools and areas, but almost same.

In my junior high school,
Summer holiday is about 5 weeks
Winter holiday is 3 weeks
Spring holiday is 3 weeks

Jeremie said...

The best before the university (or the worst, depending on the point of view :-p) is in France:
Summer holiday - 2 monthes
Autumn holiday (October) - 10 days
Christmas holiday - 2 weeks
Winter holiday (February) - 2 weeks
Spring holiday (Easter) - 2 week

After High school, the holidays are different according to where you study (the education system after High school in France is very complicated).

kayanon said...


It is nice to have 2 monthes summer holiday!

Is there any reason?

In my hometown, winter holiday is longer than the other school in south area considering bad transportaition of snow.

Jeremie said...

I must admit that I don't know why we have 2 monthes in summer ^^
Even if it's not the main reason, the tourism economy is a very important thing for France, almost 7% of the GDP, and the French go touring in France during the summer holiday. It would be a bad thing for the tourism economy if the French had less holidays :-p

In some part of Belgium they have also two monthes in summer, but they have less holidays than the French during the rest of the year.

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kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment and compliment, Simon langer.

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Anonymous said...

Its crazy all the different times things start around the world *laughs*. Here in the USA most schools start in early September and end mid-June then we have half of June, all July, and August for sumer vacation. And for one week in winter and spring we have winter/spring break.
Our year ends on December 31 at midnight, and our new year begins on January 1st.

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