Koreans prepare to be “one year younger”, the government plans to adjust the “age count” criteria

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Soon, South Koreans will be entitled to at least one year younger. If the new leader fulfills his promise of abolishing South Korea’s unique “age counting” method. and use the international age counting method instead

Yoon Seok-yeol Former Attorney General, 61 years old. future president of south koreafrom the partyconservatism Prepare to formally assume a leadership position in May, with his working group raising plansAdjust the age counting criteria.people in the country to beinternational which willmake south korea At least 1 year younger


– Yoon Seok-yeol, future president of South Korea Proponents of plans to adjust the age-counting criteria to be universal –

age counting systempopularly known as “korean age” The baby willAged 1 year from the day I opened my eyes to see the world and will be valid for an additional 1 year on every January 1 of each year

In conclusion, children born on December 31 will be 2 years old as soon as they enter a new era. even though he opened his eyes to see the world for only 2 days

However, the methodCount the traditional ages of South Korea. Used widely in East Asia. But other countries in the region have long adopted a universal age-counting system.

before South Korean governmentMany periods have tried to change theage countfrom traditional methods, butcreate confusionin society more at present South Korea has three methods of determining age, and South Koreans have to assess for themselves how much. What age estimation methods are compatible with different laws or social contexts?

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Koreans prepare

since the 60’s official documents and according toSouth Korean law adapted to the systemuniversal age Babies born start at age 0 and add 1 year to their birthday. but in the social context Almost all South Koreans still count their age using the traditional method of age counting.

the past few years South Koreans support a simpler age-counting system. An opinion poll by the Hanguk Research Institute in January found that 71% of South Koreans Support the abolition of the traditional age counting system.

meanwhile Yoon the president whoBorn in Dec. has campaigned for elections by promoting the cancellation policy of countingkorean age That contributed to his victory this time.

Koreans prepare

Yun stated that International age criteriawill becomeIt is the only standard in both legal and social aspects. But it will be modified from time to time due to the complexity of the traditional age counting method.

However, although the effortcancel the Korean age countwill fail many times in the past But analysts expected The proposal of the new leader might be successful. because of the support from both political parties and from the people as a whole

“Korean age is not wrong. It was just a Confucian cultural tradition. But changes are needed to bridge the gap between tradition and institution. and to promote the use of consistent and clear formal orders.” Han Sae-ok said a professor at Dong-a University in Busan.

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References: VOA, Korea Herald, Insider

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