Archive for April, 2011

The 101 Methods With Which to Drive Out JYJ from Broadcast?
“You say you’ll sing on TV”? JYJ Fanclub Publicizes a Parodying Advertisement

At the situation in which Park Yoochun, Kim Jaejoong, and Kim Junsu, who have withdrawn from TVXQ and are newly active as JYJ, cannot appear on Television, JYJ’s fan club ‘DNBN’ has printed a full-page advertisement in a non-fee newspaper and is becoming a topic of conversation.

This advertisement, which is in the form of a parody of a book’s introducing, is formed in the structure of introducing an imaginary book titled “The 101 Methods With Which to Drive Out JYJ from Broadcast.” The advertisement used phrases of irony such as “You say you’ll sing on TV?” and “Entertainers Who’ve Forgotten Their Place as Contractees, the Perfect Method for Blocking Them from Broadcast, All Revealed” to describe the situation that JYJ currently faces.

JYJ fans are arguing: Through the court decision in 2010 JYJ received the judgment that JYJ must be “guaranteed of freedom in activities without interference,” but that due to the interference of mega-entertainment company SM Entertainment (hereafter, SM) and the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry (hereafter KFPCAI) which is at the beck and call of SM (T/N: literally, “tries to figure out SM’s mind and be self-conscious”) JYJ is unable to appear on TV.

It is true that KFPCAI is interfering as an association with JYJ’s activities, doing such deeds as sending letters of official demands/requests for its member companies and each broadcast companies to refrain from casting or airing JYJ. Further, is the reality that the broadcasts agencies, at the beck and call of the mega-entertainment companies, too avoid JYJ’s appearances, so that JYJ cannot appear in any proper broadcast programs even though they record #1 on digital music sold. The court commanded that if an entity interferes with JYJ’s activities that it pays 20,000,000 KRW (approximately 20,000 USD) per instance, but it is that the mega-entertainment companies and broadcast companies are not taking it seriously (T/N: literally, think it light-weight).

JYJ is the first case that has quit the current system of mega-entertainment companies. The question of what kind of activities they engage in is an issue that can act as the standard that can change the treatment of many idol stars who are groaning under the so-called “slave contracts,” and as such is an important question for the normalization of the entertainment industry.

However, paradoxically, this has been felt as an anxiety to the entertainment companies who believe that “if JYJ shows the appearance of achieving success outside of SM, it may cause cracks in the current “trainee” system,” and is creating a consensus that whatever it takes, they must“block” JYJ from appearing on TV. This is evaluated to be a kind of a cartel/collusion with the aim that JYJ must be forced to not succeed so that they become the “example case” with which to clamp down on the trainees and the affiliated entertainers.

It is an issue of attention whether due to the active activities of the JYJ fandom in society that JYJ will step over the contradiction of the entertainment industry and be able to meet with fans on a proper stage in a broader way. JYJ fans have continuously raised the problem of JYJ’s lack of appearance on TV through bus advertisements, subway advertisements, and the like. No matter what happens to the future activities of JYJ, the activities of JYJ fan clubs such as DNBN is worthy of being called the most active and passionate fandom (in history) after the “Seotaiji and the Kids” fan club, and will remain as an important signpost in its recording of the fandom’s societal activities.

Source: Mediaus
Translation Credit: JYJ3

“Stop interfering with JYJ!” Japanese fans protest against AVEX

While group JYJ has filed a lawsuit against Japan’s AVEX for interfering with their efforts to hold a concert, Japanese fans have taken action and protesting against AVEX to stop interfering with JYJ’s activities.

JYJ’s representative agency C-JeS entertainment recently filed an injunction with Japan Tokyo District Courts charging [AVEX] for interfering with [their] efforts to hold a concert, stating that “AVEX’s response regarding the cancellation of charity event for Japan major earthquake [relief] is unjust.”

Furthermore, on the 19th, Japanese fans also sent a public statement which starts [with the words], “JYJ’s Japanese fans make the following demands of JYJ’s current management company, Avex” to AVEX.

Japanese fans pointed out the problems regarding JYJ’s Japanese activities, stating, “in September 2010, with sudden announcement from your company, JYJ’s activities were suspended, and the opportunity to listen to JYJ sing was deprived from us JYJ fans. Since then, JYJ’s activities in Japan have remained suspended till this day. During this entire time, we have kept waiting for the resumption of JYJ’s Japanese activities, and have continued to send such demands to your company, but even now have not received an acceptable explanation for the suspension of their activities.”

Furthermore, they stated, “Moreover, on the matter of the earthquake relief charity event that JYJ is to hold, the representative of the venue where the event was going to be held has recently made an announcement citing contract problem with your company as a reason that has cast doubt on the materialization of the event as planned. This event represents JYJ’s well-wishing for Japan after many years of doing activities here, and is a charity event they are to voluntarily come to Japan to conduct, as a segment of their effort expressed immediately after the earthquake to support the disaster-stricken areas.”

One by one, they refuted each problem presented by AVEX about JYJ, stating “To prevent even an event purposed to revive (Japan) from happening, during a time when we as a nation need every possible effort to recover from the aftermath of this unprecedented earthquake, is an action that we feel is very questionable,” and demanded the following:

1. Recognize that C-JeS is a business entity officially registered in Korea in December 2009. In Korea, JYJ has been appointed to promote the Overseas Korean Trader Association as honorary ambassadors, and to use a reason that did not cause any problem in (JYJ’s) home country, that the representative of C-JeS has himself denied, and to give the Japanese society false and negative impression of JYJ, we find your ground (that the reason was based on) to be very questionable.

2. When JYJ began their Japanese activities in April 2010, the problem regarding the affirmation of the three’s exclusive contract with SM was already resolved by the October 2009 court decision. Consequently, the reason your company used to suspend JYJ’s activities, “Depending on the progress of the exclusive contract affirmation lawsuit between JYJ’s three members and SM, there is a possibility that their exclusive contract with our company may become invalid” (quote from Avex’s official statement) has been rendered a non-issue. Rather, it (the contract issue) was a problem that your company needed to resolve, as your company signed exclusive contract with JYJ while the contract signed (by Avex) with SM as Tohoshinki remained in effect, we feel your logic to make the issue a problem with JYJ is very questionable.

3. When your company, in spite of the aforementioned circumstances, used corporate compliance as a reason that your company would no longer provide management services to the three, it meant that the contract could no longer be maintained as per normal. To restrain the three with the contract while not letting them to engage in entertainment activities, we must say is very socially unjust behavior. We find it very hard to understand that in spite of the fact that both JYJ and their fans desire for (JYJ’s) Japanese activities, such a condition (the suspension of activities) has continued for as long as 8 months.

Furthermore, they brought up the problem of selling JYJ’s music and DVD while forcing [JYJ] to such a suspension of activities, and conveyed fans’ position, stating “If there is no possibility of improvement of the current situation, (we ask you to) please as soon as possible resolve the contract problem (work out the validity or invalidity of your contract with the three), and return JYJ to their supporting fans.”

Meanwhile, JYJ’s representatives previously revealed, “we had prepared a charity concert for Eastern Japan earthquake relief to repay Japanese fans for their support, but the concert venue was canceled due to the occurrence of external pressure. However, we have decided to push ahead with the concert to keep our promise with Japanese fans.”

On this, AVEX has claimed, “Japan major earthquake relief event was planned without previous permission from [AVEX], who hold the exclusive rights in managing JYJ’s activities within Japan. We only took just and reasonable action against such violations  as ones who retain exclusive rights to [JYJ’s] management in Japan.”

Source: OSEN
Translation by: withJYJ, Starfield

Statement by JYJ’s Attorney, Im Sanghyuk, on Avex

Attorney Im Sanghyuk, the Legal Representative of the 3 Members

The legal representative of the 3 members, attorney Im Sanghyuk (Lawfirm Sejong) revealed in an interview with this reporter on the 17th that: “Avex demanded multiple times for changes to the contract that the members could not easily accommodate, such as the ratio of profit distributions and more.”

Attorney Im Sanghyuk disclosed: “In particular, even though it was agreed that with regards to the activities of the members all points would be proceeded with upon obtaining consent of both parties through reaching an agreement, among the demands that Avex made were the power to determine the schedule unilaterally, and such other contents which could not be easily accepted on common-sense grounds.”

Attorney Im explained the theory that Avex has put up as the excuse for suspending JYJ’s activities, that the director C-JeS was connected with a gang: “The person in question, Director Paek himself, has gone so far as to notify Avex that if such was really the problem he himself would get out of the contractual relationship, but Avex did not accept this. In the end, we came to the conclusion that to proceed [with the relationship] in a normal manner would be difficult.”

In fact, the members of TVXQ have revealed in a previously-announced press statement that said: “Many months ago, Avex has cited the above reason to demand a contract that excludes C-JeS, and the 3 TVXQ members accepted this in order to do activities in Japan smoothly and diligently participated in the discussions of renewing the contract.”

Attorney Im said: “If one examines the series of events, there are many circumstances (asserted) by Avex that can only be accepted only when forcibly [stretching one’s logic/imagination]. If Avex refutes this, our side will make public additional contents.”

Attorney Im added: “The essence of this dispute is that contrary to the content of the existing contract, the management company has presented conditions that are unilaterally disadvantageous to the affiliate entertainers and so havesuspended their activities without regard to the intent of the members. Despite this, it is saddening because it seems that the focus is becoming dimmed due to the attention of the public flowing to the director of C-JeS who has no relation to a gang.”

Attorney Im criticized that “it is an immoral deed to tie the feet of TVXQ because Avex cannot fulfill its avarice,” and repeatedly emphasized: “I will put much effort to resolve this without fail so that the 3 members can engage in activities in Japan smoothly.”

Source: Ohmynews
Translation Credit: JYJ3

110428 Daily Post Of JYJ Tweets

This post will be updated throughout the day with tweets by JYJ.
A time will be added with each tweet as our translators will not always be able to provide instant translations
This post includes tweets from 6am KST, April 28th to 5:59am KST, April 29th.

Dood… where have you BEEN? *facepalm*
(Young Bum, 8:11am KST) @mjjeje lolol Are you back in Seoul??
(Jaejoong, 9:17am KST) @bums1313 I came back to Seoul ages ago~

Source: [Jaejoong+Other’s Twitter]
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Message From C-JeS’s Baek Chang Ju

This is C-JeS entertainment’s representative Baek Chang Ju.

Firstly, I sincerely thank you for your unending love and cheers for JYJ.

Despite a situation where JYJ was unable to do activities in Japan due to their Avex contract suspension, JYJ’s worldwide album as well as activities have received great support, and I am constantly grateful.

Due to the Tohoku Earthquake that occurred last month, while the whole Japan was struck by grief, JYJ grieved as well, with the emotions of a family.

So, for the sake of repaying everybody for their love, we planned a charity concert in hopes that we would recover from the Tohoku Earthquake as soon as possible. However, even though we pushed forward with the thoughts of wanting to do whatever we can, regardless of our intention, the cancellation of the concert, as well as other troubles occurred.  The tickets had already been sold, and to everybody who had been looking forward to the concert, we apologise for the inconvenience caused.

When I thought about the Japanese fans who had been waiting for JYJ’s performance for a long time, I decided that we cannot showcase a slipshod performance. We considered cancelling the performance, but to keep the promise that we made to the fans who have been silently waiting and believing in JYJ, we decided that the performance will go on.

I will do my utmost to ensure that the performance be held as planned.
For the Japanese fans, this concert is not just a one-time event, please take this to be a sign that JYJ will be starting activities in Japan from now on.
Therefore, the location for this concert may be rather poor, and may be lacking. Please believe in our sincerity, and we hope that everyone will be able to support us.

From now on, JYJ will not give in to such pressures, as long as it is a place where the Japanese fans can listen to JYJ’s music, we will be there.
For the sake of repaying the trust of the Japanese fans, I will fight with all I have so that they can once again listen to JYJ’s music and stories.

Dear Japanese fans.
As always, please continue to be a pillar of support that JYJ can believe in, and give them your strength.

As long as we believe, we can do it.

Baek Chang Ju

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JYJ Sues in Japan, “Interfering with Concert, Unjust.” Avex  Says “We’re Just, In Fact We’re Actually Threatened”

JYJ has filed a lawsuit in Japan against their entertainment company Avex for the reason that it interfered with the concert with which to aid Japan’s damages due to the large earthquakes. Avex has revealed its official position on this issue.

On the 28th, Avex through its official home page dismissed JYJ’s arguments, saying: “Avex legally has the right to JYJ’s management in Japan. Our response (in blocking the concert) is only just and natural to the actions that violate that right (for us to manage JYJ).”

Avex revealed: “This current event is one in which the organize ZAK and JYJ’s Korean entertainment company C-JeS Entertainment has planned without prior permission from Avex. Avex has protested strongly multiple times at this but it was not accepted, and the sales of tickets were unilaterally continued. Although this is the natural action by Avex who holds the legal right we not only received complaints but also the directors were also threatened.”

Avex has revealed its official position: “Currently the reason that JYJ has ceased its activities in Japan is because the lawsuit on the confirmation of the exclusive contract is still maintained in Korea. We will do our best that the lawsuit problems in Korea will all be resolved and Avex can again manage JYJ and also to the aim that they can begin working again as TVXQ in Japan.”

At the same time, JYJ filed for two injunctions in the Tokyo District Court, arguing that: “Avex has engaged in an unjust act in interfering with the concert to aid Japan’s damages from the earthquakes that was to be held on April 5.” At this, Avex has revealed their official position that “to do so was only a just act in order to protect our legal rights” and the issue is gathering attention.

Source: Joynews
Translation Credit: JYJ3

Avex still believes that JYJ will let the company manage them again in Japan after all of these bullsh*t that they’ve been doing to the trio? Get real and cut the crap, Avex! With what you’re doing to them, I’m sure it will take a lot of effort to get the trust of these boys again. You’re just as bad as SM Entertainment!