Take that, Japan! North Korea is changing their current time zone with exactly 30 minutes and they are shoving it into their former ruler’s face.
Back in the distant 1910 Japan decided to annex Korea and release it from its rule. Nowadays North Korea still hasn’t buried the hatchet and Kim Jong Un is willing to do anything just to get back at Japan.
In this case “anything” means coming up with a new time zone. That’s right – North Korea’s leader is changing the country’s time zone so that he can break away from Japan and the unpleasant history between the two countries even further. The current time zone for North Korea, Japan and South Korea is the same – GMT+9. The time zone was set by Japan more than a century ago, but Kim Jong Un is about to change it. The brand new time zone will be set apart from the current one with only 30 minutes, so it will be half an hour behind from Japan and South Korea.
South Koreans have been using the same time zone for decades, because they see it as more practical and easier rather than changing it. Unfortunately, this change on North Korea’s side could affect the current strain between South and North Korea’s differences even more.
On the other hand, North Korea’s leader, who has been dubbed as a tyrant and a dictator, doesn’t seem to care about that. And he’s not the only one, who still carries grudge towards Japan. Many North Koreans still remember the times during which Korea was under the rule of Japan and they still remember the misfortunes of the Korean people. They see this change as a way to celebrate Korea’s 70th anniversary of the day they were liberated from Japan.
The new time zone change will occur on the 15th of this August.