Japanese media have shown great interest in the legal battle between some of the TVXQ members and their management agency. The rumors that TVXQ might be disbanded soon have shocked the band’s Japanese fans. Japanese major sports dailies and TV shows covered the news on August 3.
The Nikkan Sports wrote that the group’s Japanese fans rushed to read the news on the Japanese-language sites of The Chosun Ilbo and The Joongang Ilbo. The Sankei Sports reported that TVXQ’s fans were blasting the band’s agency for forcing a 13-year contract on the group members and paying them too little.
The Japanese news sources also added that three of the TVXQ members – Xiah, Hero and Mickey – had announced their official stance through their legal representatives. The popular Nihon TV show “Miyaneya” broadcast a debate on the issue with actress Midori Utsumi, who also acts as a PR ambassador for Korean food and is a fan of Korean pop culture. The show host and the actress agreed that it would be sad to see TVXQ get disbanded given its unrivaled status in entire Asia and that it was heartbreaking to see the kindhearted members of the group having financial problems with their agency. The two also expressed hope that very soon TVXQ would resume its singing activities.
Japanese sports dailies covered the members’ announcement of their official stance on August 4 as well. They wrote that the TVXQ members had filed the lawsuit because of unfair treatment and reported in detail the terms and conditions of their contract with the agency. They also added that TVXQ would appear at the Jingu Gaien Festival in Tokyo on August 6.
The Junichi Sports wrote, “TVXQ tried to negotiate the terms and conditions of its contract but the group’s agency has provided no response. The TVXQ members don’t have any problems with regard to how they are dealing with the issue. The lawsuit is not based on the premise that the band might be disbanded.” (KBS)