Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

BTS's Appearance On Japanese Show "Music Station" Postponed

BTS's Appearance On Japanese Show

The company confirmed their appearance on the live music show "Music Station" was canceled.

"A t-shirt design worn by one of the members caused controversy. we had been discussing it with the record label".

Lee Kwang Jae, the designer of the shirt, issued a statement after learning BTS had canceled their trip to Japan.

It stirred anger among some Japanese BTS fans, who called it an "insult".

The t-shirt appeared to reference the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea, which ended in 1945 after the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. "We will continue to make every effort to enable us to meet fans while offering good music and performances", it said. "We deeply apologize to those viewers who were looking forward to it".

The shirt is still available for purchase online.

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Social media showed the t-shirt, which bore the words "Patriotism our history Liberation Korea" by a photo of a rising mushroom cloud.

World War II remains a tense subject between South Korea and Japan.

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. 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.

Agreeing comments included, "I suddenly don't want to see IZ*ONE's faces", "Can't stand Mnet and CJ right now, just look at what they're doing", "That's messed up", "Mnet has got to feel at least some guilt right now", "Sorry IZ*ONE, I didn't really dislike you guys or anything before but now this is making me angry", "Can they just please ban IZ*ONE from KBS", etc.

BTS was slated to perform "Fake Love" and "IDOL" on the November 9 episode of TV Asashi's "Music Station", following the release of their ninth Japanese single this week.

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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