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NCT's Japanese member, Yuta, finds global rhythm with K-pop

As music transcends cultures, genres becoming irrelevant, pop star says

NCT's Yuta performs during a live concert.   © Seitaro Tanaka Office

TOKYO -- Yuta Nakamoto, a Japanese member of K-pop band NCT, was just 16 when he headed to Seoul with a sheer determination to make a splash in South Korea's entertainment scene.

As a trainee at SM Entertainment, he struggled with language and cultural barriers, Nakamoto, known by stage name Yuta, told Nikkei. Behavior acceptable to his high school classmates in Osaka was sometimes misconstrued by fellow trainees who came from different countries.

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