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Echoing the sentiments of SNSD’s gratitude to their TVXQ sunbaenims on Come to Play, T-ara’s Hyomin has expressed thanks to SNSD for setting out the path for fellow K-pop groups debuting in Japan.

T-ara’s Hyomin, Jiyeon and Eunjung appeared on YTN’s “News and Issues, Issues and People” on July 29th on which they were asked whether they felt pressured by other groups, notably SNSD and Kara, who have done exceedingly well in the Japanese market.

Hyomin replied, “We actually feel more thankful than pressured. I think they relieved some pressure off of us.”

She then elaborated that because of the recent success of Korean groups in Japan and the increasing interest in K-pop, she believes that the transition into the market will be much smoother and that they will be able to do well, before expressing her thanks once again.

(Unfortunately, no comment was made about Hyomin’s other half, Sunny.)

Source: yegrina@fanwonder.com; tvreport.co.kr

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