Pop star’s mushroom cloud t-shirt bombs in Japan

Danny Woods
November 11, 2018

TV Asahi's 'Music Station Super Live', another year-end special scheduled for this December, will ultimately carry on without inviting BTS to the event after deliberating on the matter.

BTS' recording company Universal Music said it will continue to support the band, but confirmed their appearance on Music Station had been cancelled.

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

BTS apologised in a statement to its Japanese fans for not being able to make the appearance, without elaborating.

The back of the shirt features several lines repeating the words "Patriotism ourhistory (sic) Liberation Korea", a reference to the end of Japan's 35-year colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.

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

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

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.

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music sensations BTS won't appear on any Japanese year-end music prorgammes as their invitations to perform have been withdrawn, Allkpop reports citing unnamed Japanese media outlets.

"I'm from Hiroshima. I can't accept BTS appearing on Music Station", said Twitter user ayum_mi.

Defenders of BTS and Jimin claimed that the shirt wasn't disrespectful to the Japanese people, and was simply a celebration of the defeat of the Japanese empire and the resulting independence of Korea.

Japan, meanwhile, became the only nation to have experienced a nuclear attack when the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagaski killing an estimated 200,000-plus people at the end of WWII.

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