Because leap seconds can’t be predicted, Java ignores them entirely. You deal with them by readjusting your computer clocks from precise atomic clocks on the web that know about the leap seconds, then pretending they never happened. For most civil purposes, this suffices. You could not get away with that sloppiness if you were implementing GPS (Global Positioning System), plotting satellite orbits, or doing astronomy.
GPS uses a SI (Systèm Internationale (metric)) clock without the leap seconds.
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