Goto Maki distrust in Avex, possible reason for hiatus

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Industry insiders were quoted this week saying that Maki distrust for Avex is the main reason why she is going on hiatus in 2012.
This scoop comes out barely a month after it was also revealed that Maki was the only responsible for her hiatus announcement and that Avex unsuccessfully tried to stop her from that decision. Different ideas in the direction of her singing career ~same reason why she quit Up-Front four years ago~ seems to be the real reason of her sudden hiatus.

Maki joined Avex stating that she wanted to leave her Gomaki days behind her, but three years later she claims the same reason for quitting Avex. How is that possible? In the beginning, Maki enjoyed artistic freedom in Rhythm Zone, but due to her mother’s decease all her plans were put on hold. After a short break, ICONIQ took the spotlight on RZ and Avex CEO Max Matsuura switched Maki to Avex Trax. During her year on AT Maki released three idol-ish mini albums before announcing a final full album and a hiatus. It seems Maki distrust in Avex increased during this time as she saw no effort from Avex to change her image at all, while, for example, the company pursued to sign in Erika Sawajiri. Maki’s had enough of the situation.

From the media side they have had enough too. In spite of supporting Maki after her brother’s scandal and mother’s death, the article states that the media industry is fed-up with Avex treatment on Maki. Apparently, only two media companies attended Maki’s most recent events: her Capcom – Monster Hunter PR event, and her performance at Nicofarre. Only two cameramen after she’s announced her hiatus is something unheard of, according to the article. The writer blames it on Avex decision to reveal Maki’s hiatus half year in advance for profit interest only.

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Is Avex’s Matsuura Lying and Misleading the Public about JYJ?

Has avex (Japan) CEO Matsuura lost his mind?  Honestly, the question may be going through the minds of some ‘JYJ vs SM’-observers given a recent spate of translated tweets from the avex CEO.

According to translated reports and tweets from Matsuura, avex is actively seeking to block JYJ from giving a charity concert where all proceeds will go to the devastated victims of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Read more

Matsuura’s Twitter posts as of Oct 30 2010

articles thumb194Max Matsuura’s Statement on Twitter

images include translated version of his Japanese tweets
Text Version :

Good afternoon. This is the last day of my ascetic practice. Only week, but it may have changed my viewpoint a bit for the rest of my life.

I got a call from Mr. Chiba, CSO. We talked about Twitter and how we can best use it. I’ve decided to read, but not reply to, expressions of opinion and criticisms. When I receive helpful opinions from our customers and fans I will forward them to the right people in our company. They will address issues and respond if needed. We believe we should use Twitter effectively and in a friendly way.

Many customers have very strong feelings about Tohoshinki and other artists. I’m not always the best person to answer them. Twitter isn’t always the best place for addressing concerns or making statements – some contracts have very strict non-disclosure language.

For example, there may have not been enough explanation about JJY, but as a listed company we can freely release only limited information. We abstained from making contentious comments, even though there were some differences of opinion between the other party and ourselves.

As CEO of avex I was blamed by the fans. It made me consider my responsibilities and I honestly felt that sometimes they were too much. That pressure caused some emotional Tweeting. But I do want the fans to be able to vent by telling me their anxious feelings or complaints.

I’ll continue listen to all opinions and complaints, but I may use the blocking function for people who apparently attack me personally.

I want this Twitter account to be fun and use it to receive valuable opinions from all of you. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Source: [Max Matsuura’s Twitter]
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September 22 2010 Chiba Ryuuhei Twitter Update

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Chiba Ryuuhei’s Twitter Updates

Please read from bottom to top.

I have read all of your replies. As a company man, a human being,
I will think deeper… so that we can bring back their voices,
oyaji gags, dances, and laughter. I will tweet again. Good night.
11 minutes ago from Echofon

It will take time for everyone to understand,
but putting my position on the line, we cannot do business
with their company. I really like them (T/N: the 3 members)
and our president feels the same way. I answered (T/N: does not define the other party),
if only they have selected us! This has been very difficult,
but it should be the right decision. Let’s wait a while to see
whether or not I have made a mistake or made the right choice.
Approx 1 hour ago from Echofon

Everyone, Matsuura is the president of our company.
I understand that you want to pick a fight with him,
but I am the one who was assigned to be in charge of this case.
Our president called my attention many times,
asking whether or not it was really okay for me to do this.
I answered numerous times, “Please leave it to me!”
And then I told him;
Approx 1 hour ago from Echofon

Source: Chiba Ryuuhei’s Twitter
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