Who's Next: The K-Pop Acts Set to Take Over Japan in 2017
Every year, countless Korean pop artists and groups make the trek over to Japan with the hope of establishing themselves as stars in the local market. The move often comes with entirely new music and images, although some acts stick to showing off what made them work in Korea and the rest of the world. Following a period of racial and cultural tension between Korea and Japan that lead to slumping sales and even bans of Korean artists from certain Japanese venues, the Hallyu movement is once again enrapturing the Japanese public, with a fresh crop of acts crossing over and hoping to strike gold. Here are some of the contenders for the next big K-Poppers in Japan.