BTS's Appearance On Japanese Show "Music Station" Postponed

Angelo Anderson
November 9, 2018

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

The t-shirt had an image of an atomic bomb explosion with the words, "patriotism our history liberation Korea" written repeatedly on it.

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

BTS were due to perform on the live show Music Station on TV Asahi on Friday before the photo of Jimin went viral.

Back on November 8, TV Asahi's 'Music Station', abruptly "postponed" BTS's scheduled appearance on the popular music program, forcing Big Hit Entertainment to cancel BTS's flight to Japan on the same day and disappointing a huge crowd of fans who gathered at the airport to see the boys.

BTS later apologised to its fans for not being able to make an appearance.


Jimin reportedly wore the shirt in August 2017 when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation.

"The T-shirt that one of the members wore made headlines and became controversial".

Many have pointed out that while the controversy over the t-shirt design has been mentioned, another reason for the postponement may be the increasingly deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea. 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.

Photos of Jimin in the shirt started to gain traction on social media in early November. "They made a joke of the atomic bomb", one Twitter user had said ahead of the cancelled performance. Despite IZ*ONE's successful debut stage on KBS's ' Music Bank' last week, some netizens are still petitioning the girl group's promotions on the station; the government petition demanding a ban on IZ*ONE from appearing on public broadcast station programs now has approximately 30,000 signatures.

"Don't be sad, this is not your fault, the [tense relations] between both countries is beyond your control".

However, Tokyo maintains the issue of compensation has been settled under an agreement attached to a treaty that was signed in 1965, calling the ruling "unbelievable".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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