It does take place in 2016 due to the matching dates in the calendar to that of the real life calendar. There's also hints here and there, like Great Mara said there's also info on Rise, TV specials in P5 where Chie is mentioned to still be in the police academy... meaning that it's clear it's in 2016 and not in 2022 because if it was the latter she should at least be mentioned as a rookie cop.
The game possibly didn't make a clear cut year due to the political themes it deals with. And I don't know why you have to ask "why it would take place in such a year" since there doesn't need to be a reason. There's no reason for P1 to take place in 1996, P2 in 1999 and 2000, P3 in 2009 and P4 in 2011... they just take place in such years.
Also, before posting things you aren't sure of... bring it up to the talk page of their articles because they can cause unnecessary edits.
You didn't use the talk page, I just checked your contributions and not once have you used the talk page of the characters you edited, instead you used an unrelated talk page. And I read the messages there and no one was ranting, you instead started ranting about it saying that 2016 can't be the year of P5 because it was a shitty year... which I still don't know what's your reasoning behind that.
I gave a sarcastic, two-sentence reply about the low quality of your "official source" and you responded with 187 words of attacks on my character, claiming I'd used ableist slurs when I clearly didn't. If anyone's doing "cringy ranting" (your words) it's you.
Okay, okay, i’m Sorry, and about the talk page, I didn’t know that was an unrelated talk page because it did mention “talk” so I don’t get why people would confuse it for the real talk page (yes, sorry for that)
and yes, I do admit, I was acting cringy, but I mean, don’t get me wrong, who knows who and what age or whatever the person is (talking about the profiles that I thought were Cannon)
although? Speaking of the Talk pages, which one is the official talk pages? (I’m just asking this, so I don’t get confused with the unrelated one)
And yes, i guess I can kinda see why it takes place in 2016 (and yes, not trying to make any cringy ranting here) although, my question is that, if Persona 5 did release the actual year(which I believe it will be in Persona Q2, i’m Sure they would probably release the actual year (again, i’m Not 100% sure )
Each article (whether it's character, game, concepts, etc.) has the edit option above, at its right there's an arrow pointing down, hover the mouse cursor over it and a bunch of options appear, the one that says "Discussion" or something along those lines is the talk page of the respective article.
Also, I don't understand what you are talking about in your second message.
Oh okay, I understand now, sorry about that, I got confused because it said “talk” so I thought it was actually the talk page
And I was saying about the whole thing (about the fanmade profiles) yes, those weren’t real, and I just wanted to make that clear now, I misunderstood
Although whoever wrote these “fake dob years” actually did somewhat (I mean like they kinda did the math right)
In 2022 the 3rd years (Makoto Haru and I believe Akechi) were born in 2004 (according to the fan made profiles) and in 2022, Makoto who is born in April 23 and Haru, would be born in 2004, as in, they would turn 18 by the time they finished Kamoshida’s palace
Now, for the 2nd years(Yusuke Ann and Ryuji including the protagonist) (i’m Talking about Ryuji and Ann) they would be born in 2005 because Ryuji was still 16 when the protagonist first met him (same with Ann) so basically during summer vacation (in the Japanese School year) Ryuji would turn 17 by July
And again same with Ann
Now for Futaba, I guess it would represent she would be born in 2007, because she was born in February, basically when the game ends in Persona 5, she would be 16 already.
But yes, Despite being fake, I guess they know what the Japanese school system is like
Considering you asked something trivial like Yusuke's height and the artwork of Makoto in Great Mara's page... I advise you that, if you have other questions like that, to ask them on the Talk page of their respective articles (like asking Yusuke's height in Yusuke's talk page, etc.).