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Brokerages Brace for Japan's Longest Market Shutdown Since WWII

  • Daiwa plans to allow two days for clients to trade U.S. stocks
  • Ten-day holiday starting next month could fuel volatility

Japanese brokerages are taking steps to help relieve at least some investors worried about getting trapped by the country’s unusually long holiday next month related to the emperor’s succession.

Markets in Japan are scheduled to be closed from April 27 through May 6 because the government has designated national holidays around the abdication of Emperor Akihito, in addition to annual Golden Week days off over that period. In total, markets will be shut for six trading sessions, sparking concerns of volatility.