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

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

But the broadcaster withdrew its invitation this week after a photo of Jimin wearing the T-shirt went viral.

The T-shirt, which depicted slogans in support of Korean liberation as well as a mushroom cloud on the back, stirred controversy in Japan where the band has a large fan base.

I can never accept the act that #BTS member wore the atomic bomb T-shirts humanely. "Music Station" stated on its official website, "A specific T-shirt worn by a BTS member caused a controversy, which was reported by media".

"I am a resident of Hiroshima, I will not allow BTS to appear on the music station".

BTS's Jimin was photographed previous year 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 United States carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"We deeply apologize the viewers who were looking forward their performance", the station said.

BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt a year ago, on August 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945. Meanwhile, last month, South Korea's court ruled that Japan must compensate Korean victims of forced wartime labor from World War Two for the unfair labor. "We will continue to make every effort to enable us to meet fans while offering good music and performances", it said.

But other fans rallied around BTS.

Agreeing comments included, "I suddenly don't want to see IZ*ONE's faces", "Can't stand Mnet and CJ right now, just look at what they're doing", "That's messed up", "Mnet has got to feel at least some guilt right now", "Sorry IZ*ONE, I didn't really dislike you guys or anything before but now this is making me angry", "Can they just please ban IZ*ONE from KBS", etc. With the Japanese government maintaining that all matters of compensation were settled through a treaty in 1965, political tension is high between the two countries.



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