Shinhwa to Advance into Japanese Market


The six-man group Shinhwa will give a press interview at Budokan in Japan on Apr. 14 at 3:00 p.m. to make an official announcement on its plans to advance into the Japanese pop market.

In the press interview, the group will disclose its projects for 2006, including the production of its first Japanese-version single album that will be released in June through the album agency Columbia Music Entertainment, the release of its regular album in August, and its Asia concert tour.

Due to the upcoming arrival of the group, Narita International Airport and Budokan have been on alert. Shinhwa will leave Incheon International Airport on the morning of Apr. 14 and arrive at Narita at 12:30 p.m. The group had originally intended to arrive at Haneda Airport, but Haneda proposed it arrive at Narita instead for safety reasons. In January of last year, Haneda had difficulty handling crowds of fans who flocked to welcome the group, which had arrived to give a concert. Narita is expected to mobilize about 100 airport police and security guards for the safety of fans.

The press interview will be held indoors for fear of disorder and traffic congestion. An official from Shinhwa’s agency Good EMG said, "We originally wanted to hold a press conference outdoors in front of Budokan. But Budokan called us to ask to move the venue indoors for fear of a chaotic situation."

On arrival at Narita, Shinhwa will be covered closely by Fuji TV camera crews beginning at the airport. About 100 news organizations such as broadcast networks and newspapers have already asked to cover the press conference.

Meanwhile, Shinhwa launched its official Website in Japan ( on Apr. 12. Its Japanese fans can access the site for the latest news and information about the group.

After the press conference on Apr. 14, Shinhwa will appear on the "Concert to Celebrate the Launch of CJ Media Japan" — a special program of Mnet-KM’s "M! Countdown in Japan" — at Budokan on Apr. 15, where it will sing several songs, including its hit song "Brand New."