Japan's 'Music Station' cancels BTS appearance over 'controversial' T-shirt

10 November, 2018, 03:12 | Author: Donna Miller
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These netizens vented their frustration on online communities by posting that "IZ*ONE get to go on KBS tomorrow, while BTS get cancelled abruptly one day before their appearance on "Music Station", "BTS can't even go on a Japanese music show, but IZ*ONE just won #1 on a Korean music show", and more. "A t-shirt design worn by a [BTS] member caused a controversy", it stated.

BTS later apologised to its fans for not being able to make an appearance.

'We apologise for disappointing fans who were looking forward to this.

"I'm from Hiroshima. I can't accept BTS appearing on Music Station", said Twitter user ayum_mi.

"The T-shirt that one of the members wore made headlines and became controversial", TV Asahi explained in a statement announcing the cancelled performance.

Recently, a controversy arose over photos of BTS member Jimin wearing a t-shirt commemorating the day that Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.

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Both South Korea and Japan are particularly sensitive when it comes to the legacy of World War II.

Jimin, 23, was reportedly photographed wearing the shirt a year ago on 15 August, when Koreans mark the anniversary of the end of the Japanese occupation. "This group is making fun of the atomic bombings".

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.

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

TV Asahi posted a comment on its website, saying, "Unfortunately, we made a decision not to feature BTS on the program at this time based on our comprehensive decision".

Last month, Tokyo reacted furiously after South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labor programs. 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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