Hinoe uma

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Japanese birth and death rates since 1950. The drop in 1966 was due to it being a "hinoe uma" year.[1]

Hinoe uma (Japanese) or bing wu (Chinese; written in both 丙午, meaning "fire horse" in Chinese) is the 43rd combination of the sexagenary cycle. Due to the belief that people born on this year have a bad personality, birthrates in Japan tend to see a sharp decline.[2]

Associated years
1st millennium 2nd millennium 3rd millennium
  • 46
  • 106
  • 166
  • 226
  • 286
  • 346
  • 406
  • 466
  • 526
  • 586
  • 646
  • 706
  • 766
  • 826
  • 886
  • 946
  • 1006
  • 1066
  • 1126
  • 1186
  • 1246
  • 1306
  • 1366
  • 1426
  • 1486
  • 1546
  • 1606
  • 1666
  • 1726
  • 1786
  • 1846
  • 1906
  • 1966
  • 2026
  • 2086
  • 2146
  • 2206
  • 2266
  • 2326
  • 2386
  • 2446
  • 2506
  • 2566
  • 2626
  • 2686
  • 2746
  • 2806
  • 2866
  • 2926
  • 2986

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haberman, Clyde (1987-01-15). "Japan's Zodiac: '66 was a very odd year". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  2. ^ Kaku, Kanae (April 1975). "Increased induced abortion rate in 1966, an aspect of a Japanese folk superstition". Annals of Human Biology. 2 (2): 111–115. doi:10.1080/03014467500000651. PMID 1052742.