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South Korean singer Rain in military service row
 
Rain is currently doing his military service.
Defense officials in South Korea are investigating whether pop star Rain broke military rules after photos of him meeting an actress surfaced.  A spokesman for the defense ministry said his army unit was "looking into the matter" following a public outcry.
The 30-year-old, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, is doing compulsory military service until this year. Thousands had signed an online petition calling for an investigation into possible preferential treatment. All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve time in the military - a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.  The South is still technically at war with North Korea, as the conflict ended in a ceasefire and not a peace treaty. Men in military service have limited free time and are largely confined to their barracks.
'Dating'
In the past, artists have been known to try to avoid military duty, which has proved unpopular with the public. Psy - known for his global hit Gangnam Style - was made to repeat his military service after being accused of neglecting his duties. The report of Rain's apparent romance with popular South Korean actress Kim Tae-hee, 32, broke in local media on Tuesday. Kim's representatives said in a statement that the two had been dating for a month. Rain began his career in 2002 and became part of the Korean Wave of drama and popular music that has spread in Asia.  His 2004 album It's Raining sold 1m copies and he appeared in several movies, including Hollywood production Speed Racer in 2008.
South Korean singer Rain reports for military service
Rain began his career in 2002 and became part of the Korean Wave of popular culture
South Korean pop star Rain has bid farewell to his fans as he embarks upon nearly two years of military service.
Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, saluted and bowed to fans who gathered outside an army base in the northern suburbs of Seoul. "Thank you for the 10 years of love," said the 29-year-old star, who staged a farewell gig on Sunday in Seoul. All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve time in the military, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. But in the past artists have been known to try to avoid duty, which has proved unpopular with the public.

Pop Star Rain Disciplined for Meeting with Actress

South Korean pop singer Rain gives a military salute to his fans before he enters the army, on Oct. 11, 2011.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)South Korea’s Defense Ministry has decided to confine pop star Rain to his base for a week for meeting with an actress while on duty.
The penalty is the lightest a South Korean soldier can face. Paparazzi photos recently showed Rain with actress Kim Tae-hee when he wasn’t allowed to have private meetings while outside his base for official duties such as recording and performing.
Rain is fulfilling his two-year mandatory military service as an “entertainment soldier.” His meetings with Kim raised suspicions that the military was coddling popular entertainers with special favors because they help enhance its image. Officials deny it.
Rain has starred in the Hollywood films Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin. TIME magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2011.

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