“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.”
Translation by: withJYJ, Starfield