Japanese TV cancels BTS show over band member's A-bomb shirt

TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt

TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt

A BTS Japan fan site also announced their appearance had been postponed, along with an apology to fans who had been looking forward to the broadcast. In response, Japan TV Asahi's Music Station program pulled the plug on BTS' scheduled appearance for Friday. The company confirmed their appearance on the live music show "Music Station" was canceled.

BTS's Jimin was photographed a year ago in a white shirt with the words "Patriotism ourhistory (sic) Liberation Korea" on the back and an image of what looks like an explosion on the back The reference to the end of Japan's colonional rule of the Korean peninsula was backed by images of Koreans celebrating in August 1945, the month the U.S. carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The "atomic bomb" T-shirt also featured Korean independence slogans. "We will continue to make every effort to enable us to meet fans while offering good music and performances", it said.

There are conflicting reports about whether band member Jimin wore the shirt this past August or a year ago to celebrate Korea's Liberation Day, but either way it's the imagery of the attire that's become the issue. Jimin is reported to have worn the t-shirt on the anniversary of the end of the occupation in August, but the images went viral this week. "A t-shirt design worn by a [BTS] member caused a controversy", it stated.

Lee Kwang Jae, the designer of the shirt, issued a statement after learning BTS had canceled their trip to Japan.

Japan became the first nation to suffer an atomic bombing on 6 August 1945, at Hiroshima.

The bombings led to Japan's surrender and the end of World War Two in Asia- as well as the end of Japan's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula which begin in 1910.

It wasn't long before the Japanese words for #Unforgiveable and #AtomicBomb started trending on Twitter - and some Japanese social media users were furious.

Last month, Tokyo reacted furiously after South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labour programmes.

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