Tohoshinki has indefinitely suspended their activities according to their contract problems with their Korean management company. I went to the Japanese debut event of one of the members’ brothers, Juno, who is a twin brother of Junsu.
In the event, Junsu, who is one of the person concerned, also performed on stage. He sang Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” in an unconstrained lovely voice. It has really been a while since Junsu sang in front of the Japanese fans. It was very impressive that he gave his word of honor “Again….I will make these times…so please wait a while.”
Hearing Junsu’s vocal this day, I again strongly thought that they want to stand on stage and sing their best, as a professional singer.
The current situation is that the problem is evolved in a hopeless mess, and that they could not do what they really want to do. There are arguments for and against the new unit together with Jaejoong and Yoochun. But I personally think that this project would be the best shape in the current situation, considering fully of their wishes. The fans also should want to meet their vigorous activities, so please try to understand them. I know that it is really difficult, but they themselves will surely measure up to the fans’ expectations.
I strongly felt the difference of the system of the Korean and Japanese entertainment companies with this problem. There are many things which we Japanese cannot understand. The 13 years’ exclusivity contract, low income distribution, and such, are beyond the Japanese common knowledge. But in Korea, it could happen.
This is just my personal view, but all the fans should take a step backward, and watch and wait for them in a long term. Of course there are roads that we should directly see in order to go through. But I feel so sorry for them, that many small incidents disturb them, and that they could not concentrate on what they really want to do. I think that it is necessary for the fans to think what would be best under the current situations. They themselves would be sad if we say unrealistic thoughts, in the days, when everything is a mixture and a mess.
I believe there is a possibility of the 5 to be active together in the future. So, I would like to be positive, believing and supporting them forever. (Etsuko Noumura)
T/N: Etsuko Noumura is a reporter for the Culture Report Section in the sport tabloid newspaper, SANSPO. Once a professional tennis player and a manager in a big entertainment management company, she is now constantly on the move in reporting news. She has a twin sister, who is a high school teacher.