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K-pop and job pressures connect students in Japan and South Korea

Language schools in demand on both sides despite diplomatic row

Members of K-pop group TWICE pose at an event in Nagoya, Japan, on Dec. 4. Despite the countries' souring diplomatic relationship, young people are still interested in each others' culture and language.   © Reuters

OSAKA/TOKYO -- The powerful allure of K-pop is inspiring a growing number of young Japanese to learn Korean, while demand from South Korean students to study in Japan remains high despite the deep rift between the neighboring countries.

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