Shinhwa’s Japan concert canceled amid dispute with organizer

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Shinhwa members pose for a photo in this image provided by Shinhwa Company. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) — A concert by K-pop group Shinhwa that was scheduled to be held in Japan this month was abruptly canceled, the group’s agency said Wednesday, citing “insufficient preparation” from the local organizer.

Shinhwa Company wrote on its official website that the two-day concert, named 2017 Shinhwa Live “Unchanging” In Japan, from May 30 has been canceled.

“Despite numerous contractual violations and insufficient preparation by the Japanese concert organizer, we’ve reiterated several times our willingness to perform — even by giving up our contractual rights and with minimum stage production — for our fans,” the company said.

The group, however, was notified of the concert suspension by the South Korean office of the Japanese partner.

The company said it “plans to pursue legal actions against contractual violations” allegedly committed by the local partner.

One of the so-called first generation K-pop groups, Shinhwa released its 13th studio album in January. Having debuted in 1998, Shinhwa, together with the recently regrouped Sechs Kies, is one of the longest-running K-pop acts that are still active.

odissy@yna.co.kr

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