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Japan's millennials lap up '3rd wave' Korean boom despite politics

Schoolgirl-led marketing startup thrives by tracking fast-changing trends

Rika Shiiki, 20, leads a marketing company that advises companies on how to appeal to young girls. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi).

TOKYO -- Japan's youth marketing startup AMF is catching the "third wave" Korean boom that is currently trending among Japanese millennials. This time it's appealing not just to fans of pop idols and TV dramas -- it's gaining traction among a broader range of consumers.

Even amid renewed political tension between Japan and South Korea concerning the long-festering wartime labor issue, a strong Korean influence is seen everywhere in Japan, from food to fashion.

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