Japan TV cancels show of K-pop's BTS over atom bomb t-shirt furore

Japan TV cancels show of K-pop's BTS over atom bomb t-shirt furore
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TOKYO - A Japanese TV station said it had cancelled a Friday television show with South Korean boy band BTS after news one member had worn a t-shirt that sparked anger on social media and was interpreted as commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The hugely successful group's Japan tour - its first after they reached the top of the Billboard 200 album chart in May - comes as ties between the two nations have frayed due to a diplomatic row over South Koreans forced to work for Japanese firms during World War Two.

Social media showed the t-shirt, which bore the words "Patriotism our history Liberation Korea" by a photo of a rising mushroom cloud.

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

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"We have seen news that a t-shirt worn by one of the members has set off a furore and after asking their record company about this, we made the decision to postpone their appearance on our Nov 9 show," TV Asahi network said on its website.

A BTS Japan fan site also announced their appearance had been postponed, along with an apology to fans who had been looking forward to the broadcast.

There was no mention of cancelling the Japan leg of their tour, which kicks off on Nov 13.

BTS has been together since 2013 and gained a worldwide following, in May becoming the first K-pop performers to top the Billboard 200 with "Love Yourself: Tear." Previous stops on their 2018 tour have included New York and London.

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    South Korean pop group BTS members stand on scene after they performed during a Korean cultural event as part of South Korean President official visit in France, on October 14, 2018 in Paris.

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    The cultural event, held to celebrate the good relationship between the two countries, was hosted by President Moon, who was also conducting his four-day state visit in France.

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

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    K-Pop sensation BTS brought their star power to the United Nations on Monday (Sept 24), telling the world's youth to listen to their inner voice and resist pressure to conform.

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    "No matter who you are, where you're from, your skin colour, your gender identity, just speak yourself," group leader Kim Nam-jun told a packed hall at the launch of a UNICEF youth campaign.

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    The band has appeared on US talkshows like Ellen and The Tonight Show.

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    They also topped the Billboard 200 chart in May 2018. [Above] The group at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

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    In this file photo taken on May 20, 2018, South Korean Boy Band BTS attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Musical group BTS perfroms onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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