File Picture: Members of South Korean Okay-pop band BTS, also called Bangtan Boys, pose on the pink carpet throughout Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong, China December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese TV station stated it had canceled a Friday tv show with South Korean boy band BTS after information one member had worn a t-shirt that sparked anger on social media and was interpreted as commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The vastly profitable group’s Japan tour – its first after they reached the highest of the Billboard 200 album chart in May -comes as ties between the 2 nations have frayed resulting from a diplomatic row over South Koreans compelled to work for Japanese companies throughout World War Two.
Social media confirmed the t-shirt, which bore the phrases “Patriotism our history Liberation Korea” by a photograph of a rising mushroom cloud.
Japan grew to become the primary nation to undergo an atomic bombing on August 9, 1945, at Hiroshima.
“We have seen news that a t-shirt worn by one of the members has set off a furor and after asking their record company about this, we made the decision to postpone their appearance on our Nov 9 show,” TV Asahi community stated on its web site.
A BTS Japan fan website additionally introduced their look had been postponed, together with an apology to followers who had been trying ahead to the printed.
There was no point out of cancelling the Japan leg of their tour, which kicks off on Nov 13.
BTS has been collectively since 2013 and gained a worldwide following, in May changing into the primary Okay-pop performers to prime the Billboard 200 with “Love Yourself:Tear.” Previous stops on their 2018 tour have included New York and London.
Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Michael Perry