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Tearful fans from Japan, other countries farewell Rain as he joins S Korean army

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what's so great about rain? =___=

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I love this man, he is so talented and handsome, nature gave him everything, whyall men are not like him?

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He's a handsome fella. I hope he doesn't get his face blown off by a North Korean artillery shell.

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Said that how different would the USA, etc be if they still had a compulsory service/draft?

I would stake that we would have way less wars/conflics right now.

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He surely will be missed but I am sure he won't have a plan B. Good luck and come out even better.

I believe that any country should have military service, it makes men men. And if I were a Japanese woman, I would join the Airforce and become flight attendant like my friend did and travel the world for free.

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Japan needs this. First thing all men would do upon entering training is to cut off all their hair.

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Japangal.

Military service is NO joke once you are into it and you can't quit.

Been there, done the time and got the T, depending on country/times you might serve on the front and not come back(died) or crippled. Most recruiters tend to lie about accommodation, etc.

There is NO glory in war/etc.

Go for it.

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Japangal.

Sign up. ;) Let us know your once you left.

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@Papasmurf:

If they were forced into the JSD, they would cry without their make-up.

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Anyone who commits full time for three years in the military is a hero in my books.

Does that include Israel where every male has to do 3yrs and women 2 yrs. Plenty more countries that still require a compulsory service for any citizen.

Personally agree with Papa(did my compulsory service(also lived in a few countries that were actively at war)). The service does change you(for the better, IMO) and gives you a perspective on war and the people serving that truly opens your eyes.

Tough to make it past basics and you can't quiet once you entered.

Finally, way too many people today that don't serve(for their citizenship) and take people that serve for granted but wouldn't do the same for their fellow citizens.

In short they became removed from wars that their countries fight and it became the same as seeing a hollywood movie on the telly.

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Anyone who commits full time for three years in the military is a hero in my books.

So all Korean men must be heroes then. He's not volunteering you know.

I sometimes think Japanese men would be better off with a year or two of military service too - whip em into shape, teach them some discipline - but I'm sure Japan's neighbours (and the Japanese public) would never allow that.

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Now who will Stephen Colbert have a feud with?

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last time I heard the KATUSA serves only one year, too bad he doesn't speak good enough English to join that.

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Go, Rain, and come back a real man!

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He's actually pretty cool. Did this pretty funny skit with Steven Colbert. Wish him the best.

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Good for him. He will be even better when he comes out. And as a vet, being in shape when you arrive helps, but he will still have a rough time in basic. Riddick Bowe was a heavyweight champ boxer when on a whim he joined the Marines. He didn't survive basic. Used his boxing millions to buy his way out of his contract. Pat Tillman (RIP) said that his football training was a joke compared to Ranger training. If Rain can do 100 push ups compared to the 30 of the normal guy, his DI will just make him do 150. The DI's job is to break you down whatever your level is, and they are real good at their jobs.

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JamieinJapan: "I am not a fan of Rain, but I find it sad that anyone anywhere is forced to perform a job they don't choose. In the US, that's called slavery."

Most Korean men I know look forward to (or did, if they're finished) their military service. Many hate it during, but most are the better for it after.

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no hazing with peanut butter don't drop the soap

don't ask don't tell

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Bye bye, hope you enjoy your time in the south faction's army.

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bunch of mentally unbalanced women ! have they cried for the huge suffering of the victims of the triple disaster in japan?hell no, I bet you.Losers, go get a real life.

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Another one of them pseudo singer/actor?

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Neo, have you seen his body? The guy is in shape and I don't doubt will be fine in boot camp.

I think mandatory training is a pretty good idea to be honest. Would give jobless grads a chance to get some experience and possibly join for life, would help straighten out some of those kids who went on the wrong path, would help with welfare and benefits... I don't think they should force anyone to serve if they don't want to in terms of war but two years of training? Why not?

Greece "asks" that men do it for a few months. If you don't, you don;t get to collect your family inheritance. Not "forced" but def an intensive.

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what took him sooo long? he should have done this when he was 18 years of age. this only shows that the korean youth won't ever escape mandatory military service.

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I have two Korean friends, one was exempt from the military draft because he had very minor and un-noticeable health problems and was made to be a tour guide, the other was healthy and I heard he went through some gruelling training. Rain may not be put in harms way but the training he will receive will be harsh.

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Idiots like this make the wold poorer. Cry babies who blubber over this guy doning military sevice and earlier his week Steve Jobs. People thye do not even know personally. Stop the fake childish grief and use your energy on brining happiness to your loved ones and make society a better place.

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The horror!

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It can only be called slavery if there's no pay. In Italy, another country with conscription for 18 months. My nephew volunteered for two years instead which meant additional pay and other benefits after completing his service.

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That's too bad, really. I am not a fan of Rain, but I find it sad that anyone anywhere is forced to perform a job they don't choose. In the US, that's called slavery.

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Taiwan, Singapore Sweden and lots of other places make it mandatory to serve. The only fare one is Israel as they require women to do it too. However, they will allow through application civil service for a couple of years.

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Back on topic please.

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Elvis joined the Army in 1958. The Korean War was over in 1953.

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Let it Rain

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How can a movie star be a hero? Just look up when Elvis Presley had to join the army during the Korean war, but they sent him real far off, to GERMANY to just make sure he would never be hurt on the Korean peninsula, and he was a hero too, right??

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How can a movie star be a hero? Anyone who commits full time for three years in the military is a hero in my books.

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Well at least that Rain isn't radioactive?

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How can a movie star be a hero?

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RAIN is our HERO! We miss him so so much! gamabatte! Rain San, you can be a great soldier!

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Thanks Rain, our hero.

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