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Everyone has moments where they have to choose between two paths that will lead to drastically different lives. For Mina Otomonai, it came during her second year of high school when she strongly considered moving to South Korea to pursue a career in music. Her friends convinced her to stay in Japan.

“I probably would have ended up being a K-pop idol,” the 20-year-old tells The Japan Times. “It’s hard to make a career as a solo act in Korea.”

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