BTS's Japanese TV appearance cancelled after Jimin wears 'atomic bomb' shirt

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There have been reports of discomfort caused by a T-shirt one of the band's members previously wore.

"I am a resident of Hiroshima, I will not allow BTS to appear on the music station".

"We have chose to cancel BTS' November 9 appearance, which was previously previewed on November 2".

A Japanese broadcaster canceled a live TV appearance of the Korean band BTS after a photo went viral of a band member wearing a T-shirt showing an atomic bombing juxtaposed with the celebration of Korea's liberation from Japan after World War II.

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Universal Music said it would continue to support BTS. We asked about the intention of wearing the outfit to the act's agency and tried to discuss it.

The T-shirt featured an image of the mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb as well as the words, "Patriotism", "Our History" "Liberation" and "Korea".

The global superstars were due to perform on TV Asahi on Friday, but the station abruptly cancelled the show after a photo of member Jimin wearing the shirt went viral.

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. 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.

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

Korean fans believe that TV Asahi's decision to "postpone" BTS's appearance was a strictly political move, as now, Korea and Japan are facing political friction.

Claiming that the T-shirt instigated anti-Japanese sentiment, the media outlet even described the group as "anti-Japanese".

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

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