A TV network in Japan has cancelled an look by the most smartly-liked Okay-pop band BTS, after a photo emerged of 1 in all its members sporting a T-shirt that perceived to comprise a superior time the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The seven-member boy band, who comprise built a spacious world following since they fashioned in 2013, had been attributable to appear on TV Asahi’s flagship Tune Web page expose on Friday night time.
However the broadcaster withdrew its invitation this week after a photo of Jimin sporting the T-shirt went viral.
The aid of the shirt parts loads of traces repeating the phrases “Patriotism ourhistory (sic) Liberation Korea”, a reference to the tip of Japan’s 35-year colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.
It furthermore carries photos 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 US performed nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Jimin, 23, modified into reportedly photographed sporting the shirt final year on 15 August, when Koreans designate the anniversary of the tip of the Japanese occupation.
“We comprise considered news that a T-shirt old by one among the members has space off a furore. After asking their file firm about this, we made the resolution to activate their look on our Nov 9 expose,” TV Asahi talked about.
BTS apologised for the cancellation nonetheless made no reference to the T-shirt. “We apologise for disappointing followers who had been taking a seek for ahead to this. BTS will continue their efforts to join with followers on stage and furthermore by tune,” the neighborhood talked about.
The row comes amid a tantalizing deterioration in ties between Seoul and Tokyo that began when South Korea suggested it would revisit a 2015 agreement over Japan’s prewar and wartime use of tens of 1000’s of intercourse slaves, most of whom had been from the Korean peninsula.
Japan then withdrew from an world naval evaluation in South Korea after Seoul demanded that it take away the rising sun ensign from its warship. Many South Koreans regard the flag as a image of Japanese militarism and colonial rule.
Closing month, the South Korean supreme court docket ordered a Japanese firm to compensate four South Koreans it had venerable as forced wartime labour – a resolution the Japanese government has called “unacceptable”.
The cancellation of the band’s TV look comes on the eve of their Japan tour, which begins in Tokyo subsequent Tuesday, and five months after they modified into the first Okay-pop band to top the Billboard 200 album chart with Adore Yourself: Lumber. This week their ninth single in Japan, Counterfeit Adore/Airplane pt 2, topped the nation’s Oricon every day singles chart.
The band, who are furthermore identified as the Bangtan Boys, performed in Paris final month in front of the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, with whom they later posed for photos. They comprise furthermore played to spacious audiences in London and Original York.