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J-pop goes flat as Southeast Asia swoons for Korean artists

Japanese groups losing fans to K-pop stars, who are winning on stage and online

Arashi members wave to fans during a meet-and-greet in Jakarta on Nov. 11. The group's once-unassailable fan base has been eroded by the emergence of South Korea's K-pop. (Photo by Dimas Ardian)

JAKARTA -- Early Sunday morning, over a hundred people milled about an upscale hotel in central Jakarta. Clutching smartphones, the small crowd waited to catch a fleeting glimpse of Arashi, one of Japan's most popular boy groups.

Arashi was in town as part of a whirlwind two-day tour of Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei.

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