Mina (Japanese Singer)
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Mina Japanese Singer
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Mina in October 2017
Background information
Mina My?i[1]
Born (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 (age 22)
San Antonio, Texas, United States[2]

Mina My?i ( ?, My?i Mina, born March 24, 1997), known mononymously as Mina (Hangul?; Japanese: ), is a Japanese-American singer based in South Korea and a member of the girl group Twice, formed by JYP Entertainment. Mina is one of Twice's three Japanese members.[3][4][5]

Early life

Mina was born on March 24, 1997 in San Antonio, Texas,[1][6] and grew up in Kobe, Hy?go Prefecture, Japan.[3][2][6] Mina trained in ballet from a young age, having practiced it for over a decade before debuting with Twice.[2][4] She attended Obayashi Sacred Heart School.[6] In 2017 it was reported that Mina holds dual Japanese and American citizenship.[7]

Debut and career

Mina was shopping with her mother in Osaka when she was approached and offered an audition by a JYP recruiter.[4] She later departed for South Korea in 2014 to become a K-pop idol by becoming a trainee under JYP Entertainment.[4][8][9] In 2015 Mina participated in the South Korean reality television show Sixteen, hosted by JYP Entertainment and co-produced by Mnet.[10] As one of nine successful participants, she went on to join the newly-formed girl group Twice.[2] In October 2015 Mina officially debuted as a member of Twice with their first extended play, The Story Begins.[11] The lead single "Like Ooh-Ahh" was the first K-pop debut song to reach 100 million views on YouTube.[12]

On July 11, 2019, JYP Entertainment announced that Mina would sit out the remainder of Twice's ongoing World Tour due to sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity problems regarding performing on stage.[13][14] This incident received coverage in many news organisations across the world.[12][13][14][15][16][17] She was later diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.[6][12][18][19] In October 2019, Mina returned to join fellow Twice members at a fan event.[20] JYP Entertainment released a statement saying that Mina's "future schedule has not yet been decided" and that they would "prioritise the state of her health above all else".[20]

Public image

Mina is known for being one of Twice's main dancers[2][6][12] and has received recognition in South Korea and abroad.[3][21] Her popularity - in conjunction with that of fellow Japanese members Momo and Sana - has been credited with improving relations between Japan and South Korea by the Chosun Ilbo.[3][21] In Gallup Korea's annual music poll of 2019, she was voted the 16th most popular idol in South Korea.[22][23]


Songwriting credits

Year Song Album Artist With
2018 "Shot Thru The Heart"[24] Summer Nights Twice Momo and Sana
2019 "21:29"[25] Feel Special All Twice members


  1. ^ a b "K-POP?TWICE?>" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Moon, Kat (September 20, 2019). "Everything to Know About K-Pop Group Twice". Time. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Jung, Chul-hwan (February 20, 2018). "3 Japanese Girls at the Top of K-Pop: The Story Begins". The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Jung, Chul-hwan (February 21, 2018). "3 Japanese Girls at the Top of K-Pop: Taking off to K-Pop Land". The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Mendez, Michele (November 27, 2019). "Who Is Momo? TWICE's "Dance Machine"s Story Is An Emotional Rollercoaster". Elite Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e Vacco-Bolaños, Jessica (October 23, 2019). "Who Is TWICE's Mina? 5 Things You Need To Know". Elite Daily. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Herman, Tamar (November 9, 2017). "K-Pop Group TWICE: By The Numbers". Forbes. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "JYP? |(3) [] ? ". IZE (in Korean). May 19, 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Jung, Chul-hwan (February 22, 2018). "3 Japanese Girls at the Top of K-Pop: In the Lion's Den". The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Won, Ho-jung (April 29, 2015). "'Sixteen' compete for spot in JYP's next girl group". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Kim, Yu-jin (October 20, 2015). "TWICE unveils debut album 'The Story Begins'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d Moon, Kat (October 9, 2019). "K-Pop Powerhouse TWICE Opens Up About How Their New Album Is More Personal Than Ever". Time. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Twice: K-Pop star Mina pulls out of tour due to 'extreme anxiety'". BBC. July 11, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ a b Dong, Sun-hwa (July 12, 2019). "Extreme anxiety forces TWICE's Mina from world tour". Korea Times. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Kelly, Emma (July 11, 2019). "TWICE's Mina pulls out of world tour due to 'extreme anxiety'". Metro. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Ko, Dong-hwan (July 24, 2019). "Fans believe Twice member Mina was forced out of world tour by Anti-Japan bullies". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Anderton, Joe (July 13, 2019). "K-pop band Twice member Mina pulls out of world tour over mental health struggles". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ Khouri, Samar (August 31, 2019). "K-Pop Corner: Twice member Mina diagnosed with anxiety disorder". Gulf News. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "JYP Entertainment update on Mina's health & future activities with TWICE". SBS. August 27, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ a b Adejobi, Alicia (October 21, 2019). "TWICE star Mina's future still undecided despite surprise appearance at fourth anniversary". Metro. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ a b Jung, Chul-hwan (February 23, 2018). "3 Japanese Girls at the Top of K-Pop: The 1st of Their Kind". The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "Here's who Koreans voted as the top artists and idols of 2019". SBS PopAsia. 2019-12-20. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "2019? - 13 " (in Korean). Gallup Korea. November 28, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "TWICE THE 2ND SPECIAL ALBUM Summer Nights TRACK LIST". TWICE JYPE. June 30, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "TWICE THE 8TH MINI ALBUM Feel Special Track List". TWICE JYPE. September 12, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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