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South Korea To Move To Standardized, Internationally Recognized Age System

Thursday December 8, 2022. 09:00 PM , from Slashdot
South Koreans are set to become one or even two years younger - at least on official paperwork. From a report: On Thursday, the South Korean parliament passed a law to scrap Korea's two traditional methods of counting age. From June 2023, the so-called 'Korean Age' system will no longer be permitted on official documents. Only the standardised, internationally recognised method will remain. The government is fulfilling a campaign promise to reduce confusion by adopting the same system used in the rest of the world.

Currently, the most widely used calculation method in Korea is the so-called 'Korean age system', in which a person is one year old at birth and then gains a year on the first day of each new year. In a separate method - the 'counting age' - a person's age is calculated from zero at birth and a year is added on 1 January.

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