South Korea’s new president wants to end the “Korean era” and take a year off from every citizen

South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, took office this Tuesday, and one of the first steps he wants to take is to change the method of calculating the age of the population, known as the “Korean age.” If that happens, the whole population will be one year junior.

The successor to Moo Jae-in, in addition to his plan to grow the economy, also wants to put an end to the “Korean era”. In South Korea, the newborn is one year old at birth, where birthday is not a birthday. Here everyone has a birthday on new year’s day.

One of the big questions about this method is when babies are born in December. For example: one A baby born on December 30 is only one year old and after a few days, makes twowhen in the reality is not even a week of life. In addition, it is the same age as the baby born in the same year, but on January 2, for example.

The main goal of the new president is abolish “Korean time” and put the country in line with the rest of the world.

In the past, has been used in several Asian countriessuch as China and Japan, but at present South Korea is the only one to use this systemwhich is believed to have originated from the belief that pregnancy is counted as the first year of life.

it is This is not the first time South Korea has tried to change the age calculation method. Similar bills were proposed in both 2019 and 2021, but not accepted.

According to the BBC Experts disagree on what these changes mean for Korean societynotwithstanding the administrative point of view. Yet even if South Korea were to line up with the rest of the world, considers it unlikely that “Korean time” will be halted any time soon..

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