Korea Comes Full Circle in One Generation as Aging Crisis Looms

Elderly men sit on benches at Tapgol Park in Seoul, South Korea. Photographer: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg

It’s only twenty years ago that South Korea was so intent on population control that getting sterilized put young couples on the fast track for public housing. Even the army was in on the act, offering a free pass from annual military training to any man willing to shuffle off for a vasectomy.

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