BTS Gig On Japanese TV Canceled Over Member's Atomic Bomb T-Shirt

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

The t-shirt appeared to reference the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea, which ended in 1945 after the USA dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

TV Asahi, one of Japan's biggest private broadcasters, has dropped the group from a popular music programme this evening over the T-shirt worn by Park Ji-min, known as Jimin.

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

On November 10, one Japanese media outlet reported that in addition to TV Asahi's 'Music Station' postponing BTS's appearance earlier this week, all other Japanese year-end music programs have now made a decision to withdraw their invitations for BTS to perform at their events.

The "atomic bomb" T-shirt also featured Korean independence slogans. We sincerely apologise to the viewers who were looking forward to their appearance'.

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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. Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910 until the end of Asia's involvement in World War II, which was brought about when Japan surrendered following the USA's use of two atomic bombs. "This group is making fun of the atomic bombings".

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

Furthermore, Fuji TV's 'FNS Music Festival' scheduled for December 5 and December 12 has also chose to reject the idea of inviting K-Pop group BTS to this year's programs, even though the station was previously considering the option.

It wasn't long before the Japanese words for #Unforgiveable and #AtomicBomb started trending on Twitter - and some Japanese social media users were furious.

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

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