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As S. Korean athletes avoid the military service, some ask: Why not K-pop stars?

SEOUL — Choo Shin-soo, a star right fielder for the Texas Rangers, and Ryu Hyun-jin, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, have more in common than their Major League Baseball careers and South Korean nationality. Both also made their millions in baseball while exempted from the draft. By law, all able-bodied men in South Korea must spend at least 21 months in the armed forces, a conscription system seen as crucial to the country s defence against North Korea. But for decades, top athletes have been excu

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