Learn More About K-Pop Idols From Japan
In the past few years, a lot of K-Pop groups with at least one non-Korean member have debuted. These foreign members usually come from China, Thailand, or Japan. In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a rundown of K-Pop Idols from Japan as there are several Japanese artists who are currently active as K-Pop idols. So, stay tuned!
JBJ95’s Takada Kenta
JBJ95 is a South Korean K-Pop duo, consisting of Takada Kenta and Kim Sang-gyun. The duo debuted on October 30th, 2018, with their first extended play titled Home. Takada Kenta‘s position is as the main vocalist, main dancer and face of the group. He trained for one year and three months before becoming a contestant of Produce 101. He was eliminated in Episode 10 ranking 24th.
TWICE’s Momo, Sana, and Mina
TWICE is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted on October 20th, 2015, with their first extended play The Story Begins. TWICE has three Japanese members, those are Momo, Sana and Mina.
Hirai Momo, or better known as TWICE’s Momo, is a Japanese singer and dancer who is currently based in South Korea. Her position in the group is as the main dancer, vocalist, and rapper. She was born on November 9th, 1996, in Kyotanabe, Kyoto, Japan. She was scouted by JYP Entertainment after they saw an online video of her and her sister dancing. She was told to audition with her sister on April 13th, 2012, however, she was the only one who made it in. She is known for her physical fitness and body movements. She is nicknamed the “dancing machine.”
Minatozaki Sana, or better known as TWICE’s Sana, is a Japanese singer who is currently based in South Korea. Her position in the group is the vocalist of the group. She was born on December 29th, 1996, in Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Japan. During her middle school years, she was scouted by JYP Entertainment employee at the shopping mall and was invited to participate in the annual JYP Japan audition held the following day. She joined the JYP Entertainment trainee program in South Korea in April 2012.
Myoui Mina, or also known as TWICE’s Mina, is a Japanese dancer and singer who is currently based in South Korea. Her position in the group is as the main dancer and vocalist. She was born on March 24th, 1997, in San Antonio, Texas, United States. She was scouted by a JYP Entertainment employee while she was shopping with her mother. She auditioned at a JYP audition in Japan and joined the trainee program in South Korea on January 2nd, 2014.
Pentagon is a South Korean boy band formed by Cube Entertainment. The group released their self-titled debut extended play on October 10th, 2016. Pentagon has a Japanese member named Yuto. His full name is Adachi Yuto. He was born on January 23rd, 1998, in Nagano, Japan. His position in the group is the lead rapper and vocalist. He is a former JYP Entertainment trainee. He auditioned for Cube Entertainment and became one of Pentagon’s official members after completing his Pentagon Graph in the 9th week of the program.
NCT is a South Korean boy group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is divided into multiple subunits based in various cities worldwide. NCT has a Japanese member named Yuta. He is a member of the subunit NCT 127. The unit debuted on July 7th, 2016, with their first extended play NCT #127. NCT’s Yuta’s position in the group is as the main dancer, rapper and vocalist. His full name is Nakamoto Yuta. He was born on October 26th, 1995, in Osaka, Japan. He passed the SM Entertainment global audition in Japan.