Archive for April 28th, 2011

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This is Paek Changju, Director of C-JeS Entertainment.

First, I thank you sincerely for sending your deep affection and support to JYJ.

Because of the cessation of the contract with Avex of last year, JYJ’s circumstances are such that they cannot have activities in Japan. Nonetheless we received much support for JYJ’s activities such as the World Wide Album, and we are always holding a thankful heart.

When the whole of the country of Japan was attacked by the large earthquakes of eastern Japan that occurred last month, JYJ, too, was in despair in the sentiment of family.

Also, in order to pay back the love that we’ve received from you the Japanese fans, we’ve come to plan a charity concert that prays for the recovery to come in as few days as possible from the earthquakes of eastern Japan. However, regardless of the intent of us who have proceeded (with the planning) with the thought that we want to help in any way we can, various troubles are occurring, such as the cancellation of the venue of the concert.

Because we caused much inconvenience to those who had been anticipating the concert after the tickets were already sold, we are very sorry.

I, when I thought of the Japanese fans who had waited for the performance of JYJ from long ago, decided that it would not do to show an inadequate performance, and nearly thought that I should cancel the concert. However, in order to keep the promise with the many fans who had trusted in JYJ and had waited for them, I’ve decided to go ahead with the concert.

I will stake every part of myself on this, and will do my best in order for this concert to be implemented safely.

Those of you in Japan, too, please take this concert not as a one-time event but rather a signal that starts the activities of JYJ in Japan in the future.

Therefore, even if the concert’s venue is somewhat poor and inadequate, I ask from the bottom of my heart that you trust in the sincerity of our hearts and support us.

From now on too, JYJ will not yield to this kind of pressure, and will go anywhere if it is a place in which we can have the Japanese fans listen to the music of JYJ.

I, too, in order to live up to the trust of you Japanese fans, in order for you to again hear JYJ’s music and their stories, I will stake every part of myself to fight.

Fans of Japan,

As you’ve been until now, from now on too please be the trustworthy supporters of JYJ and be their strength.

Because we have principles and beliefs (T/N: same word that JJ and YC have on their chests), we can do this.

Paek Changjoo

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[JYJ3 Note: This interview with the Attorney Im was published in September of 2010. Notice just how consistent JYJ and the people around them have been, all this time. This contrasts dramatically with SM and Avex who have been so predictably inconsistent, changing their positions and eating their words multiple times.]

[Interview] 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 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/discussion with Avex] in a normal manner would be difficult.”

In fact, the members of TVXQ had 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 have 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 have suspended 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.”

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After the Court’s ruling partially in favor of the Jaejoong, Yuchun and Junsu’s application of provisional injunction, Avex, JYJ’s management company in Japan, demanded that the three members accept conditions that were unilaterally favorable to Avex during the discussion about a new contract. The three members, now free from SM’s influence, refused this offer. In response to this rupture of negotiations between the two parties, Avex announced ‘suspension’ of existing contract with Jaejoong, Yuchun, and Junsu in September 2010.

The below statement is the official statement from the three members, Jaejoong, Yuchun, and Junsu after Avex’s announcement of suspension of the contract. From this statement, it is revealed that Jaejong, Yuchun, and Junsu carried out schedules set by Avex, such as Thanksgiving Live in Dome, A-nation, “素直になれなくて”(Sunaoninarenakute, Jaejoong), single album ‘XIAH’ (Junsu), “Beautiful Love” (Yuchun), and many others in order to fulfill the contract and keep the promise with the fans without a complaint.

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In the world of Japanese show business, it is rare to see an entertainer change the management company because of the negative influence it has on the celebrities’ reputation. Avex took advantage of this rather peculiar cultural custom to bind the members to Avex by ‘suspending’ rather than ‘canceling’ the existing contract. This blocks JYJ from signing a new contract with a different management company, and in result, practically suspends members’ activities in Japan completely.

Even after the announcement of suspension of activities, Avex has not only been working thoroughly to weaken the three members’ position in Japan by controlling the media to shape public opinion, but also have been reaping profits from the loyal fan base by steadily releasing products using three members creative works. Recent examples of Avex’s such endeavors include the exclusion of DVD sales from the Oricon Chart and its interference in the charity concert event in Japan.

This new, and rather eccentric strategy of excluding the sale of an official DVD that contain the three members’ activities from 2010 from the Oricon charts that Avex has adopted catches two birds with one stone. Not only does the announcement released by Oricon Chart damage the three members’ public reputation by creating an atmosphere that the three members are having time for self-reflection after having done something wrong, but it also creates profit, as the loyal Japanese fan base could never turn their eyes away from a new product because the fans need to ‘show’ others that the three members’ popularity is still going strong in Japan. In addition, since there will be no official record of the DVD sales volume, Avex is the only source of such information, and for that reason, it is unclear if the members will ever get their rightful share of the earnings from the DVD release.

Also, as seen from the controversy regarding the charity concert event in Saitama, we could see that Avex constantly is on the lookout for any sign of public sentiment favorable to JYJ building up in Japan. By creating bad press, Avex continues to damage the three members’ reputation, while the representatives of the company are feeding the Japanese fans the false hope of seeing the five members together as Tohoshinki in Japan via unofficial and meaningless tweets on Twitter. (*Author’s Note: I say false hope because judging from Avex’s actions in dealing with the three members’ situation, it seems clear that Avex does not have any intention of resuming business with JYJ. Avex would have used all its resources to prevent any damages to JYJ’s reputation if there was any possibility of JYJ singing under Avex’s label again. Anyone with right sense in his/her mind surely would have realized this, since that was not the first time these two individuals have babbled gibberish, or simply put, bull****, about the members to make up lame excuses for their own company and play victim.) Moreover, Avex Group Holdings Inc. is also under suspicion of directly interfering with the event itself by influencing enterprises related to carrying out this event.

What is most frustrating is that the suspension of activities by Avex, the cause of all these unfair treatments that JYJ suffers from, does not even have reasonable grounds. The reasons for Avex’s suspension of Jaejoong, Yuchun, and Junsu cannot be justified:

1) Personal history of C-JeS’s CEO is irrelevant to the terms of contract between Avex and the three members.

2) Even if that was a problem due to its business ethics policies, there are evidences which shows that Avex already had known about the CEO’s background before the three started their activities as an unit under Avex. Thus, the contract should have been canceled, not suspended as the cause for the breach of contract falls on Avex, not JYJ. 

3) The three members faithfully carried out all that was required of them on the contract. (There’s  no breach of contract on JYJ’s part)

Moreover, Avex’s insistence that the contract between Avex and the five members under SM Entertainment is still valid but the contract is suspended only for the three members due to the recent developments from the lawsuit is out of reason.

Considering that the two parties were discussing cancellation of contract, unilaterally announcing a suspension of the existing contract rather than canceling it can only be interpreted as a strategic maneuver on Avex’s part to block the three members from moving on to a rival management companies in Japan, as Avex is fully aware of the three members’ potential for success in the Japanese market. This clearly is Avex’s abuse and exploitation of the three members that is no different from what SM has been doing in Korea: treating the three members merely as a commodity and taking all the measures necessary to block the three members from moving forward when the members refuse to be taken advantage of.

Avex and SM, the two big powers in the entertainment industry in Japan and Korea, continue to hinder JYJ from resuming their entertainment activities in an attempt to monopolize the market. This attempt at exclusion of JYJ from the entertainment industry once and for all not only affects JYJ. It could also be expanded to pose a dangerous threat to fundamental rights of all Korean artists and entertainers and the preservation of quality of Korean popular culture overall, and must be put to an end.

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