TheJYJFiles’s Note: This timeline is translated from a Japanese fan’s blog. She did her own research based on court and investigation records.
The JYJ Concert, timeline
I made this to sort things out. It is based on court records and investigation records. I believe there are no errors..
2011.3.14 Cjes and Zak formally conclude/signed a concert contract. Cjes and Zak agree to split the balance 50/50 after expenses are subtracted from the concert proceeds as their profit. [Cjes is to donate their portion of the profits to charity.]
2011.3.23 Attorney for Avex sends Zak content-certified mail* protesting and warning against holding the concert
2011.3.28 Avex sends Yokohama Arena a notice
2011.3.30 Zak receives notice in Yokohama Arena’s president’s name that they cannot grant permission [for JYJ] to use the Arena
2011.4.1 Attorney for Yokohama Arena sends a content-certified mail to Zak
2011.4.5 Presale of tickets (soldout)
2011.4.5 Attorney for Avex sends Zak content-certified mail concerning the concert to be held in Saitama Arena
2011.4.11 Saitama Arena notifies Zak that they cannot grant permission for the concert
2011.4.14 A notice appears on the Saitama Arena homepage stating “We were initially preparing to give permission for the use of our facilities. However we decided that it was not appropriate to give permission when the artist has contractual problems.”
2011.4.21 Zak submits a request for the use of Ryogoku Kokugikan.
2011.4 Zak mobilizes right-wing organization
2011.5.2.~5.6. Planned sales of additional tickets are postponed due to server problems
2011.5.10.~5.12. Additional ticket sales
2011.5.10 Attorney for Avex sends Japan Sumo Association (JSA) content-certified mail demanding cancellation
2011.5.11 Attorney for Zak sends JSA content-certified mail
2011.5.12 Attorney for Zak sends JSA content-certified mail stating “At this time when Japan is in a dark mood and many foreign artists are avoiding performing in Japan, JYJ has offered to hold a concert in Japan; moreover a charity concert for the victims in earthquake and tsunami. In face of this goodwill from JYJ, we believe that it is the mission of the companies managing concert venues to cooperate in holding JYJ’s concert without giving in to pressure from Avex.”
2011.5.18 Zak signs a pledge to JSA stating “We promise to solve the problem between C-JeS Entertainment Co.,LTD and Avex Group Holdings concerning JYJ’s exclusive contract entirely by Cjes and Zak without involving the Japan Sumo Association in anyway, so please allow us to use Kokugikan on June 7th.”
2011.6.2. Avex sends content-certified mail to the Chairman of the JSA demanding cancellation again
2011.6.3 JSA makes inquires to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Organized Crime 3rd Department as to whether Zak has ties to organized crime and receives the answer that there are no ties. They also make inquiries to the National Center for the Elimination of Boryokudan database and come up with no ties.
2011.6.5~ Sale of cancelled tickets
2011.6.7 Concert held
2011.6.20 Avex sues three companies including JSA
2011.7.7 Avex sends notice to Northroad Music Inc. **
2011.8.2. Cjes sues Avex for 1.4 billion yen
2011.8.30 Avex sends notice to the management office of Hitachinaka-kaihin Park
2011.9.8 Attorney for Avex sends JTB content certified mail stating “Therefore through this document we (Avex) demand that you (JTB) cancel the event mentioned above and also refrain from being involved in events that JJY participate in without our mediation.”
2011.10.5 Attorney for JTB sends Avex content certified mail “We have received your warning and have decided to resign from the executive committee of the event stated above. Our resignation from the executive committee has been formally accepted in the meeting of the committee on Sept. 30 and we have notified all the parties involved. <omitted> In your notification to us you stated that we were the company in charge of organizing the event mentioned above. However our position in the executive committee was administrative office so we believe that your statement that we were the organizing company is incorrect.”
2011.10.15. 16. JYJ holds concert in Hitachinaka Ibaraki
Looking this over, it’s pretty relentless. If there is anything that needs to be added please contact me. (but I do not need anymore groundless rumors.)
* In Japan, sending content-certified mail is considered a pretty threatening gesture.
** Northroad Music Inc. is a small concert and event promotion company with offices in northeast Japan (which is the region that was heavily damaged by the earthquake and tsunami).