TOKYO – A Japanese broadcaster canceled a live appearance of the Korean group BTS after the viral photo of a member of the group wearing a t-shirt showing an atomic bombing juxtaposed with the celebration of the liberation of Korea from Japan after the Second World War World.
Japanese social media was filled with chatter around Jimin's photo wearing the t-shirt with the image of a mushroom cloud with the words "patriotism" and "Korea".
TV Asahi said she spoke to the band's record label about why he was wearing the t-shirt. The broadcaster's statement also apologized to viewers who were looking forward to the group's scheduled appearance on Friday.
Company spokesman Shinya Matsuki declined comment.
Universal Music said it would continue to support BTS but confirmed that its appearance in the live music show "Music Station" was canceled.
The South Korean stars of K-pop and cinema are extremely popular in Japan, sometimes contrasting with the controversy and hostility that can characterize other aspects of the two countries' ties due to the Japanese occupation from the Korean peninsula to the early 20th century and until the end of the year. The Second World War.
Some Japanese fans of the group have expressed their disgust on Twitter that their show is canceled with a t-shirt.
The BTS, consisting of seven members, collaborated with American DJ American and musical artist Steve Aoki and reached # 1 on the Billboard charts.
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