[EDITORIAL] 130118 With JYJ prevailing over the lawsuit, can they change the Hallyu landscape in Japan?


Idol group JYJ have prevailed over the lawsuit on the exclusivity contract filed against Avex Japan.

According to Tokyo District Court, avex should suspend the act of claiming exclusive management of JYJ in Japan. The court ordered avex to pay reparations amounting to 660 Million JPY to c-jes, JYJ’s management agency.

This ruling meant a lot for JYJ. When JYJ separated from TVXQ, they had to accept constraints on their activities due to various lawsuits. Last November 2009, JYJ received an injunction for the suspension of their exclusive contract with SM. They signed an agreement in February 2010 with avex amidst false rumors like the c-jes ceo being involved in organized crime group.

Due to the litigation, they turned to dramas and musicals. The fact that they can’t work in Japan was a major blow, despite having a considerable fanbase.

In fact, it is not unreasonable to say that TVXQ is used as the starting point of Hallyu wave in Japan. Currently, idol groups Kara, snsd, beast and 2PM are gaining popularity in Japan, but they pale in comparison with TVXQ’s popularity in the past in terms of depth and width of the fanbase.

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[EDITORIAL] 121128 Dispute finally ended – makes 0% possibility for TVXQ to be Five

The dispute regarding exclusive contract between SM Entertainment and JYJ (Jaejoong/Yuchun/Junsu) has been completed by the both parties’ agreement. This made the dispute dragged for 3 years and 4 month finally finished.

According to legal circles on 28th, SM Entertainment and JYJ agreed to finish all contracts made between the both parties as of July 31st, 2009, the date of application for injunction. Also they made agreement to withdraw all lawsuits related and would not interfere in each other’s activities. Therefore, JYJ and 2 members of TVXQ now go separate way.

TVXQ has been doing its activities as 2 members – Yunho and Changmin, and Jaejoong Kim/ Yuchun Park/ Junsu Kim have been doing both individual activities in acting career and activities as the group JYJ. It is now the 3rd year of JYJ which was formed in SEP 2010, and the both TVXQ and JYJ are having a lot of popularity in domestic and abroad.

As the conflict is completed by agreement, now there is almost zero percentage for TVXQ to be 5 members in a matter of fact. Also the both sides have already made their own ways, so it is expected that there would not be any big changes of their activities. TV2XQ and JYJ are now able to have their activities independently freed from dispute.

Jaejoong Kim, Yuchun Park and Junsu Kim made their first debut as members of TVXQ in 2004, and applied for an injunction to terminate validity of exclusive contract against SM Entertainment, the former management company, in July 31st, 2009.

Translator’s Note:
+) Also JYJ’s names will be removed from the list of SM artists on its financial report for stock market from this 4th quarter as now the three members of JYJ are neither TVXQ, nor SM singers any more after all contracts has become invalid. (SM has included JYJ’s names on the name of the members of TVXQ insisting they were still SM singers as the exclusive contract was valid.)

Now the past becomes ‘real’ past, so congratulations on being freed from the contract of SM!

Source: Park Young Woong, StarNews via Daum
Translated by: http://dedicatee.wordpress.com

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