Japanese TV cancels BTS show after Jimin wore a shirt showing the Nagasaki atomic bombing

BTS' performance on Japanese TV was canceled after one of the band's members, Jimin (far right) was photographed in a shirt depicting an atomic bomb being dropped in Japan.

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BTS’ performance on Japanese TV was canceled after one of the band’s members, Jimin (far right) was photographed in a shirt depicting an atomic bomb being dropped in Japan.
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  • Jimin, a member of popular South Korean boyband BTS, was photographed wearing a shirt with a photo depicting an atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II.
  • The show sparked controversy and Japanese TV channel Asahi canceled Asahi’s performance on Friday night.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people died after the US dropped two atomic bombs in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
  • Imperial Japan brutally occupied the Korean Peninsula for decades until its defeat after World War II.

A Japanese TV show canceled a performance by popular K-pop band BTS after one of its members was pictured wearing a shirt depicting an atomic bomb being dropped on Japan.

One of the South Korean boyband’s members, Jimin, cause controversy after wearing a T-shirt depicting the US atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, accompanied by the text: “Patriotism OurHistory Liberation Korea.”

It’s not clear when exactly Jimin, 23, wore the shirt. The Guardian said that he may have wore it last year in August 15, when South Korea marks the anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula.

Photos of Jimin in the shirt spread online in October and early November, the BBC reported, alongside angry comments and the hashtag #Unforgivable.

The shirt – which is still being sold online by Korean company OurHistory – shows what appears to be a mushroom cloud emanating from an atomic bombing.

BTS had been scheduled to perform on Japan’s Asahi TV channel on Friday evening.

Asahi said in a statement that it canceled the band’s appearance because of the T-shirt design and the controversy that followed. The TV station added that it made the decision last week.

The band also apologized to its Japanese fans for missing the performance in a Thursday statement, which noted that the absence was “disappointing” but did not address the shirt.

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Hundreds of thousands of Japanese people died after the US dropped two atomic bombs on Hirsohima and Nagasaki in 1945. Radiation sickness and malnutrition plagued the survivors in the immediate aftermath. Years after, radiation caused deformities in children not yet born during the war.