North Korea creates its own time zone by going back in time
North Korea will establish its own time zone next week, by moving its current standard time 30 minutes backwards. Local time in North Korea, South Korea, and Japan is currently the same, and was set during Japan's rule over Korea from 1910 to 1945. On the August 15, the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese rule at the end of World War II, North Korea's new time zone will take effect.
"The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with 5,000-year-long history and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation," North Korea's official Central News Agency said.
Many elderly North and South Koreans still harbor deep resentment against Japan over its colonial occupation. Hundreds of thousands of Koreans were forced to work as slave-laborers, serve as prostitutes in brothels operated by the Japanese miliatry, and fight as front-line soldiers in the war.
North Korea isn't the only time zone rebel of the world. Last month, Hopes&Fears published a whole feature dedicated to time deviants, which you can check out here.
Facts about: time zones
Most time zones differ in increments of an hour. The only other countries to have offsets of 30 minutes are India, Iran, and Myanmar. Nepal is offset by 45 minutes.
Theoretically, there should be a total of 24 time zones separated longitudinally every 15 degrees. But instead, there are more than 30 times zones observed across the planet.
The state of Indiana didn't observe Daylight Savings Time until 2006 after decades of confusion due to county-defined observation laws, often leading to missed business meetings and flights.
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