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Lawmaker discusses military service exemption for BTS

Im Eun-byel

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

Seoul  /  Sat, July 28, 2018  /  03:09 pm
Lawmaker discusses military service exemption for BTS

BTS’ upcoming album 'Love Yourself: Answer' has sold over 1.5 million albums in Korea. (Big Hit Entertainment/-)

Well-known lawmaker Ha Tae-kyung has criticized the current military exemption law, perhaps giving reason to hope to global megahit boy band BTS. 

All able-bodied men in Korea are conscripted in the military for around two years. Exemptions can be granted, however, to those who rank atop certain international competitions designated by the government. 

“The list of the designated international competitions is unfair,” Ha said in an interview with a local radio show Friday. 

“There are classic music competitions, such as violin, but pop music is excluded. Pop music No.1 is not included, making BTS who topped the Billboard chart irrelevant (to military exemption),” he said. “There are dance competitions (on the list), but not for B-Boying. Theater is included, but film isn’t.” 

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Ha continued, arguing that the law should be revised. 

“The list was made in 1973, we need to investigate why the list of international competitions for military service exemption is limited. It’s not an issue of whether the list is long or short. It should be fair. We should make a fair list,” he said. 

This article appeared on The Korea Herald newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post