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3. They Have Their Own Calendar

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It’s not 2016 in North Korea. It’s 105. They began the count over based on former leader Kim Il-sung’s birth date of 15 April 1912, kind of like an After Kim and Before Kim matter. The Juche calendar was adopted in 1997, and 1912 became Juche 1. Never mind if the rest of the world doesn’t recognize it. In August 2015, in a similar vein, North Korea also declared it would follow its own time zone. “Pyongyang time” is half an hour after than Japan and South Korea . They only need to break free from their imperial past” that is “ by being distinct.

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