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  • Superstar Rain Joins Army
  • [2011-10-12]
  • Singer Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon, 29) greeted his fans in front of the 306 Reserve Forces in Uijeongbu on October 11 right before he entered the training camp. He will undergo basic military training for five weeks and then he will serve as a soldier. Around 1,000 fans cried in farewell to Rain, and many news reporters from home and abroad competed to cover the story. Rain said before he entered the camp to fulfill his military obligation, “I am sorry to cause this fuss around here. I will do my best in the army. Good bye.”



    ▲ Rain entered the army

    Rain appeared in the parking lot across the 306 Reserve Forces at around 1:10 pm in a khaki jacket and jeans. His face under a beanie was smiling all the time. He left his car and moved to the place where he was supposed to have a fan meeting. After he took off his beanie, he politely greeted his fans and news reporters and said, “I will do my best in the army.” He saluted to his fans and continued, “Thank you for your love shown to me for the past ten years.” He said goodbye to his fans. His fans had been waiting for him for more than two and half hours, but their meeting with Rain took only five minutes. Rain went back to his car and entered the training camp.
     




    Around 1,000 fans and news reporters gathered to see Rain. When he exited his car, all of his fans yelled out and pressed the shutter of their cameras, and around 150 news reporters competed to cover the story of his joining the army. Foreign presses such as Reuters from England and TBS from Japan proved his popularity as a world star. His fans had arrived in Uijeongbu at around 10:30 in the morning, bringing a huge picture of Rain and placards saying, “I will wait for you, Rain” and they had been waiting for him in front of the Reserve Forces. Hundreds of fans came from foreign countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and they broke into tears after the short meeting with Rain. A woman named Elphin Tan from Singapore said on the verge of tears, “I have been a huge fan of Rain for a long time. I am very sad that he is joining the Korean army.” Another fan from Japan named Yamada Misami (38) also said with tears, “I feel lonely as he enters the army, but I hope that he will finish his military obligation in a good condition after two years.” A fan named Lee Jeong Sook (58) encouraged him by saying, “He has become a world superstar after overcoming various difficult situations by himself, so I strongly believe that he can do very well in the army as well.”




    Rain participated in the admission ceremony along with 2,000 new soldiers who entered the training camp at the same time, and he began his military duty, which will last for 22 months, by beginning the basic military training for eight weeks.

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