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J-pop song finds new life in China, a decade on

Avex to release Chinese version of the staple wedding song

Long Meng Rou, left, who sings the Chinese version of "Planet," stands with the original Japanese composer, Shinjiro Inoue. (Photo by Daisuke Harashima)

SHANGHAI -- The Chinese public's recent embrace of a decade-old J-pop song has spurred a local remix sung by a star known as a doppelganger of a popular Japanese actress, in a pop culture bridge that travels both ways.

The ballad "Planet" originally was a bonus track on a CD single by the Japanese duo Lambsey, which has since dissolved. With no apparent promotion in China, the song went viral last summer through video streaming app Douyin, played close to 6 million times. The song is often used in videos shown at weddings.

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