[Talk of the town]Korean enka crooner denied Japan visa extension after drugs bust
The Japanese immigration bureau decided not to extend the visa of the long-term Japan resident.
Last November, Tokyo police arrested the singer for drug possession. She was sentenced to 18 months in jail, but the sentence was suspended for three years.
Kye is no stranger to controversy. She is known to be a keen gambler and she has been in and out of debt several times. Now she’ll be investigated in Korea as well.
Kye is well known for singing enka, or Japanese ballads, like “Osaka Boshoku” (1985).
Kye was one of the first stars of the Korean wave. In 1979, she debuted with the song “Singing and Dancing.” She moved to Japan in 1985.