Are you a fan of Namie Amuro, Yuri on Ice, or One Piece? Are you planning on buying that new Koda Kumi album or the inevitable Ayu concert DVD to keep their careers afloat? Are you in need for your hot-guys-pretending-to-not-be-idols-but-a
re-really-idols fix via LDH DVDs? Are you waiting in anticipation for the next FEMM physical copy release? Well too bad, avex doesn't want your dirty gaijin money.
It has been initially reported that CDJapan (A popular site for buying Japanese physical CD/DVD copies overseas) sent an e-mail to their customers that Avex Pictures has placed an export ban on Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs. However, it is later revealed that this ban applies to anything that falls under Avex Group and its subsidaries (e.g., Avex Trax, Avex Pictures, Idol Street, etc). The ban will be enforced starting 6:00PM (Japan Time UTC+9) on Feburary 15th, 2017. Popular sites for international fans such as CDJapan and Amazon.jp promised to fulfill as many orders as possible before the deadline. However, it should be noted that some products affected by this export ban are already unavailable for shipping, so even if you try to buy something now, there is a chance that it's already too late. Avex has yet to comment regarding their decision to enforce this export ban.
Screenshots containing the e-mail, customer service response, and blocked attempts at ordering an Avex product can be found at the source.Update:
CDJapan's weibo account
claims that the ban is strictly Avex Pictures and all other Avex divisions are excluded from the export ban, but Amazon Japan is preventing orders from other subsidaries' products, so whatisthetruth.jpegSource
/ Souce 2and the government wonders why cool japan is flopping rofl