North Korea will establish its own time zone next week by putting the clocks back by 30 minutes.
Local time in North and South Korea and Japan has been the same since Japan’s rule over what was single Korea from 1910 to 1945.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the establishment of “Pyongyang time” is aimed at rooting out the legacy of the Japanese colonial period.
It said the new time zone will take effect on August 15 – the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule at the end of the Second World War.
“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.”