Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

BTS performance in Japan canceled over atomic bomb shirt

BTS performance in Japan canceled over atomic bomb shirt

"A t-shirt design worn by one of the members caused controversy. we had been discussing it with the record label". Numerous Koreans who lived in Japan also passed away" and "Members work while crossing boundaries and language barriers, which is kind of their job.

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

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.

It is unclear when exactly Jimin wore the shirt in question, but pictures of him in it started circulating online in October.

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

Ties between Japan and South Korea continue to be soured by bitter disputes over history and territory stemming from Japan's brutal 1910-45 colonial rule over the peninsula.

There are conflicting reports as to when exactly Jimin wore the shirt.

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BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt previous year, on Aug 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945.

A photograph has been widely circulated on Japanese social media sites.

BTS would be coming on the show to chat with the show's hosts and sing the Japanese version of their song "Fake Love", as well as "Idol", as promised by a promo Music Station aired at the end of its November 2 episode.

"A-bomb t-shirt" was one of the top trending topics on Twitter Friday morning.

But other fans rallied around BTS.

"What's so wrong about Koreans commemorating National Liberation Day?" said another Korean user on Twitter.

TV Asahi posted a comment on its website, saying, "Unfortunately, we made a decision not to feature BTS on the program at this time based on our comprehensive decision".

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