S.Korea lawmakers pass bill ending age counting system

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S.Korea lawmakers pass bill ending age counting system

South Korean lawmakers approved a measure that would change the way the country tallies a person's age, ending a system that counted newborns as a year old and meaning that most of its citizens are about to get younger.

The bill passed by the National Assembly on Thursday would end the country's widely used Korean age counting standard that typically added a year or even two to a person's age compared to the counting system used in most of the world, which starts at zero and starts counting years on the next birthday.

President Yoon Suk-yeol wanted to change when he ran for office this year, and the move is set to take effect in June. His government has said that removing the Korean age system would prevent confusion in processing administrative and medical services.

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