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February 17, 2010, Korea - "Korea hopes Japan's 'summer time'", The Korea Herald


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Korea hopes Japan's 'summer time'

Korea still hopes that Japan will join its push to introduce daylight saving time (DST) this summer in a move aimed at saving energy, an official at the presidential office said Wednesday, according to Yonhap News.

"It is true that Japan's stance is one of various factors in deciding whether Korea will adopt the system," the official at Cheong Wa Dae said on the condition of anonymity.

Korea, which is actively staging a green growth campaign, is contemplating whether to set the country's clocks forward an hour in summer, probably from April till September, according to the official.

A government study showed that the country would be able to reduce electricity usage by 0.13-0.25 percent annually, which would save 34.1 billion won ($29.5 million).

Korea, Japan, and Iceland are the only nations not using DST, also called "summer time," in the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Korea enforced the system for just two years from 1987.

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