JYJ3’s Note: The Japanese fans of JYJ Their Rooms have reported the unfair transaction practices of Avex to Japan’s Fair Trade Commission and along with its Petition. JYJ Their Rooms has previously made an inquiry to the Consumer Agency (see here) and has also sent the Consumer Agency with more materials for investigation.
The below is the translation of the submitted report to the Fair Trade Commission.
Because we believe that the acts described below in 1 through 3 by Avex Group Holdings Inc. (hereafter, “Avex”) towards JYJ (under the management of Avex, “JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN”) are subjected to charges of violating antitrust laws that prohibit unfair transaction practices, we ask the Fair Trade Commission to investigate and to take proper measures.
1. Unjustified Interferences with JYJ’s Charity Concert
JYJ, in order to aid in the restoring efforts of the earthquakes in eastern Japan, immediately after the earthquakes simultaneously donated 600,000,000 KRW (approximately 43,000,000 JPY) through the international relief and development organization World Vision and planned a charity concert to be held in Japan on June 7(Exhibit 1).
However, due to the interference of Avex, Yokohama Arena which was originally planned to be the venue for the concert, and Saitama Super Arena which was next planned to be the venue, one by one came to refrain from permitting their uses (Exhibit 2, 3). On this incomprehensible event, there are news reports that state that Avex had, under the table, pressured Yokohama Arena that “if it is used by JYJ, then in the future, no Avex artist will ever use the venue” (Exhibit 4).
We believe that Avex’s actions as the above to interfere with the venue usage of JYJ’s charity concert are violations of antitrust laws which took place due to the overwhelming influence it wields in the music industry. Read More →