Pop star’s mushroom cloud t-shirt bombs in Japan

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 9, 2018

TV Asahi said the Billboard-topping band wouldn't be appearing on its show "Music Station" on Friday night (Nov 9) after reaching out to BTS' record label about the T-shirt, which had caused controversy on social media ahead of the band's tour of Japan beginning next week.

The back of the shirt features several lines repeating the words "Patriotism ourhistory (sic) Liberation Korea", a reference to the end of Japan's 35-year colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.

During the Second World War in 1945, two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the first and only time atomic bombs were used in a war. 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.

Members of the Korean K-Pop group BTS attend a meeting at the UN high level event regarding youth during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY on Sept 24, 2018.

TV Asahi said in a statement: "BTS' appearance scheduled for the 9th has been cancelled".

"The T-shirt that one of the members wore made headlines and became controversial", the station added, saying it had discussed the "intention" behind the shirt with the band's record label and ultimately chose to "cancel their appearance". The network said it talked to the record label about the shirt and then chose to cancel the appearance.

K-pop artists are extremely popular in Japan, despite the hostility that can mark other aspects of the two nation's ties.

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Both South Korea and Japan are particularly sensitive when it comes to the legacy of World War II.

Korean fans believe that TV Asahi's decision to "postpone" BTS's appearance was a strictly political move, as now, Korea and Japan are facing political friction.

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

"We apologise for disappointing fans who were looking forward to this".

"BTS will continue their efforts to connect with fans on stage and also through music". "This group is making fun of the atomic bombings".

Japan surrendered six days later.

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