Japan TV station cancels BTS performance over nuke bomb shirt

Lewis Collier
November 9, 2018

Back on November 8, TV Asahi's 'Music Station', abruptly "postponed" BTS's scheduled appearance on the popular music program, forcing Big Hit Entertainment to cancel BTS's flight to Japan on the same day and disappointing a huge crowd of fans who gathered at the airport to see the boys.

BTS issued their own statement on the row, but gave no details on why the show had been postponed. "Music Station" is one of Japan's most prominent music programmes and one of TV Asahi's main shows. "We will work hard so that BTS can continue to meet their fans with better music and performances". Despite IZ*ONE's successful debut stage on KBS's ' Music Bank' last week, some netizens are still petitioning the girl group's promotions on the station; the government petition demanding a ban on IZ*ONE from appearing on public broadcast station programs now has approximately 30,000 signatures. "We deeply apologize to the viewers who were looking forward to their appearance".

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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. The problem is not the relation between Japan and Korea.

The furor was sparked after images surfaced on social media showing Jimin wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase "PATRIOTISM OUR HISTORY LIBERATION KOREA" repeated several times, alongside what appears to be an image of a mushroom cloud over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. 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. With the Japanese government maintaining that all matters of compensation were settled through a treaty in 1965, political tension is high between the two countries.

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