BTS boy band dropped from Japanese TV over atom bomb T-shirt

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"A t-shirt design worn by a [BTS] member caused a controversy", it stated.

Despite the controversy over the top, some Japanese fans expressed disappointment that the BTS performance had been cancelled.

BTS members gave a speech to youths of the world in September asking them to, "Love yourself", at a UNICEF meeting at United Nations headquarters in NY, which became a hot campaign.

Universal Music said it would continue to support BTS. "We asked about the intention behind wearing that piece of clothing and discussed with the agency, but although unfortunate, after an overall consideration of the situation, we have decided that this appearance will be postponed". Numerous Koreans who lived in Japan also passed away" and "Members work while crossing boundaries and language barriers, which is kind of their job.

Japanese social media was filled with chatter over the photo of Jimin wearing the shirt with an image of a mushroom cloud with the English words "patriotism" and "Korea". 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.

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The broadcaster was scheduled to feature the internationally popular seven-man group on its live show "Music Station" on the evening of November 9.

The decades of colonial rule have resulted in cultural tension between Japan and Korea, especially with the latter's liberation tied so inextricably to the most horrifically deadly act in wartime history, as perpetrated against the former.

Both South Korea and Japan are particularly sensitive when it comes to the legacy of World War II. In response, Japan TV Asahi's Music Station program pulled the plug on BTS' scheduled appearance for Friday.

After BTS cancelled their flights to Japan, the designer behind the t-shirt issued an apology. Either way, BTS has been bumped from the guest list, and considering that Music Station has made the unusual (for the Japanese entertainment industry) move of specifically citing the T-shirt, as opposed to using one of the platitudes such as "due to various circumstances" that are often used by Japanese media organizations, BTS might be out of the program's good graces for some time to come.

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