The seven-member boy band was scheduled to seem on TV Asahi’s flagship music program, Music Station, Friday night time. The station stated in a press release it selected to not function BTS after talking with the document firm about why BTS band member Jimin had chosen to put on the shirt.
“We deeply apologize the viewers who have been trying ahead their efficiency,” the station stated.
CNN has reached out to representatives for BTS, Massive Hit Leisure, for remark.
The furor was sparked after photographs surfaced on social media displaying Jimin sporting a shirt emblazoned with the phrase “PATRIOTISM OUR HISTORY LIBERATION KOREA” repeated a number of occasions, alongside what seems to be a picture of a mushroom cloud over the Japanese metropolis of Nagasaki. It was not clear when the photograph of Jimin allegedly sporting the shirt was taken, however native information retailers reported the picture was from 2013.
Each South Korea and Japan are significantly delicate on the subject of the legacy of World Struggle II.
The Korean Peninsula was colonized by Japan from 1910 to 1945, and was solely liberated after the allies defeated Japan on the finish of WWII.
Hundreds of thousands of Koreans suffered beneath Japanese occupation and their therapy continues to impression relations between Tokyo and Seoul.
Although BTS has for years been one of many greatest bands in South Korea and East Asia, their worldwide profile has skyrocketed in 2018.