Thursday, 15 November, 2018

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

BTS Jimin TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt
Julia Gonzales | 09 November, 2018, 19:42

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

On the BTS official website, a message in Japanese was posted on November 8.

BTS apologised for the cancellation but made no reference to the T-shirt.

Jimin's T-shirt with an image of a mushroom cloud with the English words "patriotism" and "Korea" sparked outcry on Japanese social media.

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. "Music Station" stated on its official website, "A specific T-shirt worn by a BTS member caused a controversy, which was reported by media".

During the Second World War in 1945, two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the first and only time atomic bombs were used in a war. The broadcaster's statement also apologized to viewers who had looked forward to the band's appearance, which had been scheduled for Friday. The problem is not the relation between Japan and Korea.

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There are conflicting reports as to when exactly Jimin wore the shirt.

BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt previous year, on Aug 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945. Despite IZ*ONE's successful debut stage on KBS's ' Music Bank' last week, some netizens are still petitioning the girl group's promotions on the station; the government petition demanding a ban on IZ*ONE from appearing on public broadcast station programs now has approximately 30,000 signatures.

But other fans rallied around BTS.

"What's so wrong about Koreans commemorating National Liberation Day?" said another Korean user on Twitter.

The cancellation comes as ties between Japan and Korea have becoming increasingly strained in recent years.

Last month, Tokyo reacted furiously after South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labour programmes. With the Japanese government maintaining that all matters of compensation were settled through a treaty in 1965, political tension is high between the two countries.

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