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

TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt

During the Second World War in 1945, two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the first and only time atomic bombs were used in a war.

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

The Tokyo-based TV Asahi said it has made a decision to call off their performance Friday night on its Music Station program after asking the band's agency about the member's intention in wearing the shirt.

BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt previous year, on August 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945.

Following the news about the canceled Japanese appearance, Korean netizens have been sending their support to BTS with comments like, "What's wrong with a Korean wearing a shirt that celebrates Korea's Liberation Day?"

BTS, a seven-member K-pop band, are known for their boyish looks and meticulously choreographed dance moves.

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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.

"We have chose to cancel BTS' November 9 appearance, which was previously previewed on November 2".

However, there has been some criticism of the shirt by a number of Japanese ARMYs, with one person writing: 'Why am i just now hearing about Jimin wearing a shirt with the atomic bomb on it??? as a fellow ARMY, this is unforgivable.

The term K-pop refers to domestic popular music in South Korea, which can be influenced by any number of different styles and genres. Late last month, South Korea's Supreme Court ordered a Japanese company to compensate four Koreans for wartime labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula. "We apologise for disappointing fans who were looking forward to this".

BTS' planned appearance on "Music Station", a flagship music program of Japanese broadcaster Asahi, has been canceled, stirring up a whirlwind of controversy.

Defenders of BTS and Jimin claimed that the shirt wasn't disrespectful to the Japanese people, and was simply a celebration of the defeat of the Japanese empire and the resulting independence of Korea.

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