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

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

Since 1986, the Friday-night program has broadcast live performances and interviews from chart-topping musicians, and with K-pop having made inroads into Japanese popular culture, on November 9 Music Station was scheduled to host Korean boy band BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys).

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

BTS confirmed they would not appear on Music Station but did not address why.

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Now BTS, the South Korean boy band, have been blocked from appearing on Japanese television after one of them wore a T-shirt apparently celebrating the dropping of the atomic bomb.

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

Universal Music said it would continue to support BTS. "We deeply apologize to those viewers who were looking forward to it". "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".

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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 USA carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 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. Late last month, South Korea's Supreme Court ordered a Japanese company to compensate four Koreans for wartime labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.

The offending shirt featured the phrase "PATRIOTISM OURHISTORY LIBERATION KOREA" repeated multiple times alongside an image of an atomic bomb explosion and another of Koreans celebrating liberation.

After BTS cancelled their flights to Japan, the designer behind the t-shirt issued an apology.

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

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