Mina (Japanese singer)

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Mina at KBS Music Bank in 2019
Mina at KBS Music Bank in 2019
Background information
Birth nameMina Myōi[1]
Born (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 (age 23)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
  • Singer
  • Dancer
Years active2015–present
Associated acts
Japanese name
Kanji名井 南
Korean stage name

Mina Myōi (名井 南, Myōi Mina, born March 24, 1997), known mononymously as Mina (Korean미나; Japanese: ミナ), is a Japanese singer and dancer based in South Korea. She is a member of the girl group Twice, formed by JYP Entertainment. Mina is one of Twice's three Japanese members.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Mina was born on March 24, 1997 in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.[2][5][6] She moved to Japan when she was a toddler.[5] Mina trained in ballet from a young age, having practiced it for over a decade before debuting with Twice.[3][5][7] She attended Obayashi Sacred Heart School.[6] In 2017, it was reported that Mina holds dual Japanese and American citizenship.[8]


Debut with Twice[edit]

Mina was shopping with her mother in Osaka when she was approached and offered an audition by a JYP recruiter.[3] She later departed for South Korea in 2014 to become a K-pop idol by becoming a trainee under JYP Entertainment.[3][9][10] In 2015, Mina participated in the South Korean reality television show Sixteen, hosted by JYP Entertainment and co-produced by Mnet.[7][11] As one of nine successful participants, she went on to join the newly-formed girl group Twice.[7] In October 2015, Mina officially debuted as a member of Twice with their first extended play, The Story Begins.[12] The lead single "Like Ooh-Ahh" was the first K-pop debut song to reach 100 million views on YouTube.[13]

Public image[edit]

Mina is known for being one of Twice's main dancers[5][6][7][13] and has received recognition in South Korea and abroad.[2][14] 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.[2][14] In Gallup Korea's annual music poll of 2019, she was voted the 20th most popular idol in South Korea.[15][16]

Health issues[edit]

On July 11, 2019, JYP Entertainment announced that Mina would sit out the remainder of Twice's ongoing World Tour Twicelights due to sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity problems regarding performing on stage.[17][18][19] She was later diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.[6][13][20] In February of 2020 it was reported that Mina's condition had improved and that she had returned to performing live with Twice.[21]


Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Song Album Artist With Ref.
2018 "Shot Thru The Heart" Summer Nights Twice Momo and Sana [22][23]
2019 "21:29" Feel Special All Twice members [22][24][25]


  1. ^ "K-POPの最注目新人「TWICE」の日本人メンバーが可愛くて美しい<プロフィール>" (in Japanese). Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Jung, Chul-hwan (February 20, 2018). "3 Japanese Girls at the Top of K-Pop: The Story Begins". Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  3. ^ 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". Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Mendez, Michele (November 27, 2019). "Who Is Momo? TWICE's "Dance Machine"s Story Is An Emotional Rollercoaster". Elite Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Benjamin, Jeff (March 18, 2020). "Mina from Twice isn't afraid to speak out about mental health, and K-pop star knows a thing or two about hard work". South China Morning Post. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Vacco-Bolaños, Jessica (October 23, 2019). "Who Is TWICE's Mina? 5 Things You Need To Know". Elite Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Moon, Kat (September 20, 2019). "Everything to Know About K-Pop Group Twice". Time. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Herman, Tamar (November 9, 2017). "K-Pop Group TWICE: By The Numbers". Forbes. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "JYP의 취향│③ 열여섯 명의 [식스틴] 멤버들을 소개합니다". IZE (in Korean). May 19, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Jung, Chul-hwan (February 22, 2018). "3 Japanese Girls at the Top of K-Pop: In the Lion's Den". Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Won, Ho-jung (April 29, 2015). "'Sixteen' compete for spot in JYP's next girl group". The Korea Herald. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Kim, Yu-jin (October 20, 2015). "TWICE unveils debut album 'The Story Begins'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Moon, Kat (October 9, 2019). "K-Pop Powerhouse TWICE Opens Up About How Their New Album Is More Personal Than Ever". Time. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Jung, Chul-hwan (February 23, 2018). "3 Japanese Girls at the Top of K-Pop: The 1st of Their Kind". Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  15. ^ "Here's who Koreans voted as the top artists and idols of 2019". SBS. December 20, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "2019년 올해를 빛낸 가수와 가요 – 최근 13년간 추이 포함" (in Korean). Gallup Korea. November 28, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  17. ^ "Twice: K-Pop star Mina pulls out of tour due to 'extreme anxiety'". BBC. July 11, 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  18. ^ Dong, Sun-hwa (July 12, 2019). "Extreme anxiety forces TWICE's Mina from world tour". The Korea Times. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  19. ^ 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 November 30, 2019.
  20. ^ Khouri, Samar (August 31, 2019). "K-Pop Corner: Twice member Mina diagnosed with anxiety disorder". Gulf News. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  21. ^ Loh, Keng Fatt (February 12, 2020). "Twice singer Mina, who took time out to battle anxiety attacks, back on stage in Japan". The Straits Times. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  22. ^ a b "KOMCA – 10023502". KOMCA. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  23. ^ "TWICE THE 2ND SPECIAL ALBUM Summer Nights TRACK LIST". TWICE JYPE. June 30, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  24. ^ Herman, Tamar. "Twice 'Feel Special' On Inspiring New Single and EP: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  25. ^ Frances, Lai. "Asia's Top-Selling Girl Group Twice Reflect On Their Bond, Fourth Anniversary". PopCrush. Retrieved May 20, 2020.

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