Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

BTS Gig On Japanese TV Canceled Over Member's Atomic Bomb T-Shirt

BTS Gig On Japanese TV Canceled Over Member's Atomic Bomb T-Shirt

It also carries images of what appears to be a mushroom cloud created by an exploding atomic bomb, and of Koreans celebrating their liberation from Japanese rule in August 1945, the month the United States carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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

BTS was slated to perform "Fake Love" and "IDOL" on the November 9 episode of TV Asashi's "Music Station", following the release of their ninth Japanese single this week.

A picture of Jimin wearing a T-shirt depicting the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, starting being shared online.

BTS apologised in a statement to its Japanese fans for not being able to make the appearance, without elaborating. I did it to express the historic truth and timing that after the atomic bomb was detonated, Japan's unconditional surrender led to independence.

The Korean Peninsula was colonized by Japan from 1910 to 1945, and was only liberated after the allies defeated Japan at the end of WWII. "BTS will continue their efforts to connect with fans on stage and also through music", the group said.

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The shirt is still available for purchase online. "This group is making fun of the atomic bombings".

The top features an image of an atomic bomb explosion, which social media users have suggested shows either the bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki in the Second World War.

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

BTS confirmed they would not appear on Music Station but did not address why.

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

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