An article in the Dec. 19 Section A about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il gave conflicting details about his age. He was reported as being 69, his age according to the government. Also, his birth date was reported as Feb. 16, 1941, which would have made him 70. Although that is believed to be when he was born, government propaganda says it was a year later.

A correction in the Los Angeles Times

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  • Richard Holmes

    Could it have something to do with Koreans counting themselves a year old when they are born (sort of like thoroughbred horses, in the U.S.)?  Maybe the birthdate was backdated to match the Western-style age computation.