Japanese TV cancels BTS show over band member's atomic bomb shirt

Ruben Ruiz
November 10, 2018

A popular South Korean boy band was set to appear on one of Japan's biggest TV stations this week, but that appearance has been canceled due to a clothing choice one of its members may have made.

The design, which went viral and drew flak in Japan, includes a photo of Koreans celebrating liberation and a photo of an atomic bomb exploding in Japan.

BTS's planned appearance on the Japanese music show "Music Station" has been postponed. The actual date of when the pictures of Jimin were taken is unclear.

According to the BBC, social media images circulated recently showing band member Jimin wearing a shirt that said "Patriotism Our History Liberation Korea" with a photo of what appears to be a mushroom cloud.

The "atomic bomb" T-shirt also featured Korean independence slogans.

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

"The T-shirt that one of the members wore made headlines and became controversial".

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There are conflicting reports about whether band member Jimin wore the shirt this past August or previous year to celebrate Korea's Liberation Day, but either way it's the imagery of the attire that's become the issue.

It stirred anger among some Japanese BTS fans, who called it an "insult".

"BTS will continue their efforts to connect with fans on stage and also through music".

The shirt is still available for purchase online. Meanwhile, last month, South Korea's court ruled that Japan must compensate Korean victims of forced wartime labor from World War Two for the unfair labor.

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

Jimin reportedly wore the shirt in August 2017 when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation.

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.

Other reports by GizPress

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