Japanese TV drops Korean band over Hiroshima bomb T-shirt
A TV network in Japan has cancelled an appearance by the popular Korean K-pop band BTS after a photograph emerged of one of its members wearing a T-shirt that appeared to celebrate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The boyband were due to appear on TV Asahi’s flagship Music Station show yesterday evening. But the broadcaster withdrew its invitation after the photo went viral.
The back of the shirt features several lines repeating the words “Patriotism ourhistory (sic) Liberation Korea”, a reference to the end of Japan’s 35-year colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.
It also carries images of a mushroom cloud created by an exploding atomic bomb, and of Koreans celebrating their liberation from Japanese rule in August 1945, the month the US carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Band member Jimin, 23, was reportedly photographed wearing the shirt last year on 15 August, when Koreans mark the anniversary of the end of the Japanese occupation.
“We have seen news that a T-shirt worn by one of the members has set off a furore. After asking their record company about this, we made the decision to postpone their appearance on our 9 November show,” TV Asahi said.
BTS apologised for the cancellation but made no reference to the T-shirt. “We apologise for disappointing fans who were looking forward to this. BTS will continue their efforts to connect with fans on stage and also through music,” the group said.
▲ The K-pop group BTS had been booked on TV Asahi yesterday