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

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

"We deeply apologize to the viewers who were looking forward to their performance", the station said, per CNN. We can take some solace that it's not just an issue in the States, though, as Korean pop stars BTS had a Japanese TV appearance axed thanks to a T-shirt depicting the atomic bomb. "We asked about the intention behind wearing that piece of clothing and discussed with the agency, but although unfortunate, after an overall consideration of the situation, we have decided that this appearance will be postponed".

A Japanese TV show has cancelled an appearance by hugely popular K-pop group BTS, amid controversy over a shirt worn by one of the band members.

But the broadcaster withdrew its invitation this week after a photo of Jimin wearing the T-shirt went viral.

BTS later apologised to its fans for not being able to make an appearance.

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. A generation of Koreans suffered under Japanese occupation, while hundreds of thousands of Japanese died when the US dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to Japan's surrender. Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910 until the end of Asia's involvement in World War II, which was brought about when Japan surrendered following the USA's use of two atomic bombs.

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

BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt previous year, on August 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945. Dome, as part of its "Love Yourself" tour in Japan.

I can never accept the act that #BTS member wore the atomic bomb T-shirts humanely.

'After I found out, I was very flustered and apologetic. "That's not an anti-Japanese shirt, it's a historical fact" and "I'm proud of BTS for canceling the show and its historical consciousness".

Incidentally, the shirt has subsequently sold out.