After the unprecedented success of Dong Bang Shin Ki and BoA in Japan, and Big bang’s burgeoning career there, it’s no surprise that 4Minute are throwing their ‘candy, funky’ hats into the ring. But the girl idol group may encounter a rival of unexpected origins. It’s not KARA, though the group is also testing the waters of crossover success in Japan. YG wonder-rookies 2NE1 have been receiving some love calls from the land of the rising sun.

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