During press conference for 2014 JYJ Japan Dome Tour Ichigo Ichie in Tokyo, which took place on November 19 in Tokyo Dome, Kim Junsu responded to the question about choosing TVXQ’s Begin as the concert ending song saying, “I’ve really wanted to sing it during every concert until now but the situation didn’t allow it,” adding, “As the situation got better (by solving conflicts with Avex company), we prepared it as a gift for the fans.”
He continued, “The lyrics to the song represent what JYJ wants to convey to the fans. Also, the song contains a lot of memories from the time of TVXQ so we judged that it’s appropriate in many ways.”
Kim Jae Joong revealed his thoughts on promotional activities in Japan, which became freer. He said, “Until now, Japanese media did not write a single line of news even when we held concerts. But the press within Japan showed a lot of interest and excitement for this concert. I’m actually very awkward with this situation but thanks to being introduced in many media outlets, even the fans who could not make it to the concert were able to hear about us, so I’m very happy.”
JYJ was involved in a legal battle with the Japanese company Avex for four years, from 2010 until January of this year. When Avex demanded exclusive rights to manage JYJ in Japan, the group received limits on its activities in terms of broadcast promotions and album release. When the two companies came to a mutual agreement in January, JYJ was able to receive legal guarantee on its future promotions in Japan.
Starting with the Tokyo concert on November 18, JYJ will be meeting the fans through 2014 JYJ Japan Dome Tour Ichigo Ichie in the major cities in Japan, including Osaka. The two-day Tokyo concert held on November 18 and 19 gathered a total of 100,000 fans.
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