Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

BTS boy band dropped from Japanese TV over atom bomb T-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
Freda Brock | 11 November, 2018, 08:40

"After asking their record company about this, we made the decision to postpone their appearance on our Nov 9 show", TV Asahi said in a statement. "Music Station" is one of Japan's most prominent music programmes and one of TV Asahi's main shows.

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.

The Tokyo-based TV Asahi said it has chose to call off their performance Friday night on its Music Station program after asking the band's agency about the member's intention in wearing the shirt.

But the broadcaster withdrew its invitation this week after a photo of Jimin wearing the T-shirt went viral. "We apologize for conveying this unfortunate news to the fans who were looking forward to it", the agency stated.

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

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

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

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.

The incident comes as ties between Japan and South Korea are once again strained over historical issues, with a court ruling holding Japanese firms liable for wartime forced labour claims roiling relations.

BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt past year, on Aug 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945.

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

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