The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, and other Japanese children sit on a bus heading for an audition in Seoul, South Korea, March 15, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. During a visit to Seoul paid for by her mother, herself a die-hard BTS fan, Niitsu auditioned for 10 agencies and was accepted by five. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.