BTS performance in Japan canceled over atomic bomb shirt

South Korean pop group BTS performs during a Korean cultural event in Paris

South Korean pop group BTS performs during a Korean cultural event in Paris

The long-sleeved shirt, worn by BTS member Jimin, also reads "patriotism" and "Korea" while depicting a celebration of the country's liberation from Japan in 1945.

Japan, meanwhile, became the only nation to have experienced a nuclear attack when the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagaski killing an estimated 200,000-plus people at the end of WWII. 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.

Members of South Korean pop group BTS after a performance during a Korean cultural event as part of South Korean President official visit in France, on 14 October 2018 in Paris.

They are one of South Korea's best-known musical exports, becoming the first K-pop performers to top the US Billboard 200 with "Love Yourself: Tear".

The seven-member boy band, who have built a huge worldwide following since they formed in 2013, were due to appear on TV Asahi's flagship Music Station show on Friday evening.

"The T-shirt that one of the members wore made headlines and became controversial", TV Asahi explained in a statement announcing the cancelled performance. The station said in a statement it chose not to feature BTS after speaking with the record company about why BTS band member Jimin had chosen to wear the shirt.

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The term K-pop refers to domestic popular music in South Korea, which can be influenced by any number of different styles and genres. Meanwhile, last month, South Korea's court ruled that Japan must compensate Korean victims of forced wartime labor from World War Two for the unfair labor.

BTS's planned appearance on the Japanese music show "Music Station" has been postponed.

However, not all netizens are supporting the above claims, as some argued, "BTS's issue has nothing to do with IZ*ONE, don't try to make up these kinds of connections", "Keep BTS and IZ*ONE separate", "It's true that BTS getting cancelled sucks but it's not like it's IZ*ONE's fault", and such.

"BTS will continue their efforts to connect with fans on stage and also through music".

Japan became the first nation to suffer an atomic bombing on 9 August 1945, at Hiroshima.

Japan surrendered six days later.

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