BTS Banned From Japanese Year-End Music Shows Over Atomic T-Shirt Row

Calvin Saunders
November 11, 2018

It also carries images 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 USA carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We sincerely apologise to the viewers who were looking forward to their appearance'.

The decision was made after TV Asahi Corp. cancelled a performance of the K-Pop boy band on its live show "Music Station" over an atomic t-shirt scandal.

A picture of Jimin wearing a T-shirt depicting the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, starting being shared online.

The t-shirt appeared to reference the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea, which ended in 1945 after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

After BTS cancelled their flights to Japan, the designer behind the t-shirt issued an apology.

TV Asahi had invited BTS to perform on its live music show on Friday.

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The bombings led to Japan's surrender and the end of World War Two in Asia- as well as the end of Japan's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula which begin in 1910.

Japan became the first nation to suffer an atomic bombing on 6 August 1945, at Hiroshima.

A photograph has been widely circulated on Japanese social media sites. 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.

Furthermore, Fuji TV's 'FNS Music Festival' scheduled for December 5 and December 12 has also chose to reject the idea of inviting K-Pop group BTS to this year's programs, even though the station was previously considering the option.

Tokyo reacted furiously in October after South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labour programmes.

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