The JYJ concert “2011 JYJ UNFORGETTABLE LIVE CONCERT IN JAPAN” will be held this weekend at the National Hitachi-kaihin Park in Hitashinaka, Ibaraki. But behind the scenes the activities of Junsu, Jaejoong, and Yoochun, the three who left Tohoshinki, were met with more trouble.
As a result of the break up and contract troubles, Changmin and Yunho have activities. Their management company Avex formerly managed the three members of JYJ and the three had concerts. However Avex unilaterally announced the suspension of the activities of JYJ in Japan citing JYJ’s Korean management company’s ties to the mafia. JYJ protested this decision claiming that Avex knew about this when signing the contract. (T/N: This article misreports in that C-JeS never had mafia ties but its CEO, Mr. Baek, did have a prison record of which Avex was well aware from the very beginning.) The three resumed activities with the support of another company. However the two companies are still in dispute over the contract.
“A fan pleaded to the CEO of Avex, Masato Matsuura on twitter to stop obstructing JYJ’s activities. He replied ‘This is not obstruction. It’s a contractual problem. In other words a promise,’ revealing his intent to keep fighting. Avex requested sports newspapers and other media outlets to stop reporting on JYJ and as a result the name JYJ has practically disappeared from most media.” (Reporter for a sports newspaper)
Although it has been ignored for the most part by the media, both sides have been battling fiercely. There was a case when JYJ tried to hold a charity concert sponsored by the new company, but the arena canceled under pressure from Avex.
This time another incident has caused shock waves among fans.
“JYJ fans, worried that the media was ignoring JYJ, gathered donations to place an advertisement for JYJ’s concert in the Ibaraki Newspaper. The Ibaraki Newspaper was also positively considering publishing the advertisement. However, suddenly, just before submitting the manuscript, the fans received a call from the newspaper informing them that the advertisement had been canceled.” (Reporter for a weekly magazine)
The cancellation happened after the advertisement’s size, price, and wording had all been confirmed. The reason given was “JYJ is in the midst of a lawsuit” “Their concert has been canceled before”, and “The venue has received a call protesting against the concert” and as a result it was decided that the JYJ advertisement did not meet the newspaper’s requirements.
Enraged fans responded angrily “They knew about the lawsuit from the beginning” “Is this harassment from Avex?”
We asked people at the Ibaraki Newspaper about details of the cancellation of the advertisement.
“We have been sued in the past because of what we published, so the fact that they were in the midst of a lawsuit was the biggest problem for us. But although this decision was made after much discussion, personally I feel troubled by this cancellation. This was a very unique and good opportunity where ordinary people were supporting the artist but …”
The newspaper has denied that they were pressured by Avex. However the weekly magazine reporter points out that the result is that Avex wins.
“If the reason that the advertisement was cancelled was because of the lawsuit, that means that Avex’s negative campaign worked. The credibility of the artist is notably damaged and they are very limited in their activities just because they are in the midst of a legal dispute.”
How long will this situation of not being able to support JYJ even from the shadows continue? The fans who initiated the advertisement say that the money gathered for the advertisement will be pooled and used for another JYJ support project in the future. How will this fight end?