from household register (hojeok) to individual registering
|The issue of replacing the household register (hojôk 戶籍) system with a more individual-centered system keeping a register of persons has been long in the making, and now the High Court has drafted a system in which each person would be registered individually, and in which the family relations (spouse, children, parents) are also included (Hankyoreh article). When a copy of the register needs to be issued, these family relations can be included according to the need. This is at the moment called a 1-in 1-jôk (一人一籍) system.|
I understand this draft is only one of several proposals to replace the hoju (戶主, household head) system (which the household register represents). There's also a "family register" (kajokpu) proposal, in which the basic registering unit would be a married couple and unmarried children. [Now that would not be too different from the hoju system, would it? It would treat married sons and daughters similarly at least unlike what's done in hojôk.]
The Dept of Justice has now started to draft a proposal of its own, based on what's been presented, and it will be presented as the bill later this month. [Isn't this quite a hasty pace for legislation which is not small in importance? Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that not too much is wasted in a situation where both the government and the opposition parties have agreed on the new legislation...]
In another article, Hankyoreh explains what'll change.
• Register based on the individual, not on the household head (hoju)
• Woman's register (ponjôk) doesn't change in marriage, as was done in the hoju system, in which the woman was transferred from her original household to the household and register of her husband
• Individual's brothers and sisters are not included in the register (like in the hoju system), only parents, spouse, and children
• Only the changes in the civil (social) status (sinbun) of the individual are recorded, not those of the individual's parents, spouse of children
(This is the time I should reasonably use for the blog today, so I'll continue later with different opinions on the planned changes in personal registering. Not surprisingly, the opinions of women's associations and the Confucian societies [Yurim 類林] are presented as confrontational - see for example Ohmynews
Also: Hankyoreh editorial supports the individual registry, while Chosun Ilbo wouldn't like to see the family registering going away lest it results "in too radical a break with traditional family values"
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