Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

BTS appearance on Japanese TV canceled over member’s atomic bomb shirt

BTS appearance on Japanese TV canceled over member’s atomic bomb shirt

The shirt, which is still available for sale online, bears the slogan "Patriotism Our History Liberation Korea" and features an iconic photo of the atomic bomb dropped on a Japanese city. "However, we made a decision to postpone their appearance this time", said TV Asahi in a statement published online.

Images of the BTS member wearing the T-shirt had been uploaded to the Internet prior to the scheduled TV appearance, leading TV Asahi officials to hold discussions with the record company for BTS to determine the intent.

Viewers had complained over a T-shirt Jimin was spotted wearing in Los Angeles in March of 2017.

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A BTS Japan fan site also announced their appearance had been postponed, along with an apology to fans who had been looking forward to the broadcast.

The t-shirt appeared to reference the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea, which ended in 1945 after the USA dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

TV Asahi had invited BTS to perform on its live music show on Friday. I did it to express the historic truth and timing that after the atomic bomb was detonated, Japan's unconditional surrender led to independence. 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.

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Claiming that the T-shirt instigated anti-Japanese sentiment, the media outlet even described the group as "anti-Japanese".

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.

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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Japan became the first nation to suffer an atomic bombing on 9 August 1945, at Hiroshima.

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