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Indonesian President 'Big K-Pop Fan'

2016/05/22 | Permalink | Source

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and his daughter (center) pose with Choi Minho, a member of boy band SHINee, in this picture provided by Widodo.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo claims he became a big K-pop fan thanks to his daughter.

In a keynote speech on Tuesday at the Asian Leadership Conference hosted by the Chosun Ilbo and TV Chosun, Widodo confided that Korea is one of his favorite countries for its food, electronic appliances and music.

He showed photos of his daughter taken with boy bands SHINee and Super Junior. Widodo went with her to a SHINee concert two years ago and showed another picture of the two of them at a Super Junior gig.

He added "I love Korea" in Korean, to rapturous applause.

Widodo is also apparently a fan of Korean movies and TV soaps like the 2014 film "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" and the recent hit "Descendants of the Sun".

Running the family furniture business before he became president, he said he developed enormous respect for the diligence of the Koreans he met.

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