BTS performance in Japan canceled over atomic bomb shirt

TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt

Japanese TV show axes BTS performance over atomic bomb T-shirt

It also carries images of what appears to be a mushroom cloud created by an exploding atomic bomb, and of Koreans celebrating their liberation from Japanese rule in August 1945, the month the United States carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. "However, we made a decision to postpone their appearance this time", said TV Asahi in a statement published online.

The seven-member boy band was scheduled to appear on TV Asahi's flagship music program, Music Station, Friday night.

TV Asahi said it had talked with the band's recording company to try to learn why he wore the T-shirt.

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

Despite the controversy over the top, some Japanese fans expressed disappointment that the BTS performance had been cancelled.

It was seen by some in Japan as celebrating the bomb which eventually led to the independence of the Korean peninsula from Japanese colonial rule.

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The owner apologized to BTS for having caused offense with the product.

Universal Music said it will continue to support BTS but confirmed their appearance on the live music show "Music Station" was canceled.

It is unclear when exactly Jimin wore the shirt in question, but pictures of him in it started circulating online in October.

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.

It seems like the worldwide music sensations BTS won't appear on any Japanese year-end music prorgammes as their invitations to perform have been withdrawn, Allkpop reports citing unnamed Japanese media outlets.

Last month, Tokyo reacted furiously after South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labour programmes.

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