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JYJ Members Stay Close Despite Military Duty

BY Julie Jones | Oct 16, 2015 10:39 AM EDT

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Kim Junsu, Kim Jae Joong and Park Yoo Chun have managed to stay up to date despite the fact that two of the JYJ members are currently serving their two-year mandatory military duty.

According to the Korean media outlet Naver TV, Kim Junsu mentioned Kim Jae Joong and Park Yoo Chun when he appeared at a promotional event for his new mini album "Just Like Yesterday."

Reporters asked him how his friends and bandmates were doing. Kim said he saw Park Yoo Chun recently in Seoul. Seeing Park is easier than seeing Kim Jae Joong because Park is serving his military duty in the public sector. On September 24 Park reported for duty at the Seoul Gangnam District Office. Park is not required to serve active duty because of his asthma. He wanted to serve as an active duty solider but asthma is considered a life-threatening condition. Still, desk duty does make it easier to run into your friends and family.

"I bumped into Park Yoochun at the hairdresser recently while getting my hair cut, and then again another time at an Internet cafe," said Kim Junsu.

It was a happy coincidence.

"It was about 9 o'clock in the evening, and there was someone at the Internet cafe that I felt like I'd seen many times before, and I realized it was Park Yoo Chun," he says. "It was the first time we'd seen each other in a while, and we had a great time gaming together."

Despite the distance Kim Jae Joong does make an effort to stay in touch.

"Kim Jae Joong calls me a lot over collect calls," said Kim Junsu. "Whenever we talk over the phone, I think to myself that he sounds like a natural born soldier. He seems too cheerful. I'm glad that he's adjusting so well."

The three JYJ members got together in July when Kim Jae Joong had leave and Park Yoo Chun had not yet enlisted.

Park Yoo Chun enlisted in August. Kim Junsu plans to enlist next year. He considers it the duty of every male Korean citizen.

"Going to the army is something you definitely have to do if you're a male citizen of Korea," said Junsu.

Park Yoo Chun's last drama before enlisting was "The Girl Who Sees Smells." Kim Jae Joong's last drama was "Spy."

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