BTS has said in a statement over the the row: "We apologise for disappointing fans who were looking forward to this".
A Korean boy band who spoke at the United Nations earlier this year have been barred from a Japanese TV show after one of their members wore a T-shirt featuring a nuclear bomb. "We asked about the intention behind wearing that piece of clothing and discussed with the agency, but although unfortunate, after an overall consideration of the situation, we have decided that this appearance will be postponed".
A Japanese TV station has pulled a scheduled appearance from BTS after a picture emerged of one of the K-pop group's members wearing a T-Shirt seemingly celebrating the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.
These netizens vented their frustration on online communities by posting that "IZ*ONE get to go on KBS tomorrow, while BTS get cancelled abruptly one day before their appearance on "Music Station", "BTS can't even go on a Japanese music show, but IZ*ONE just won #1 on a Korean music show", and more.
The T-shirt featured an image of the mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb as well as the words, "Patriotism", "Our History" "Liberation" and "Korea".
Jimin reportedly wore the shirt in August 2017 when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation.
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The t-shirt appeared to reference the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea, which ended in 1945 after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910 until the end of Asia's involvement in World War II, which was brought about when Japan surrendered following the USA's use of two atomic bombs.
Lee Kwang Jae, the designer of the shirt, issued a statement after learning BTS had canceled their trip to Japan. Dome, as part of its "Love Yourself" tour in Japan.
The comments included, "The dropping of the atomic bombs led to the end of war, then liberation"; "It can not be swept aside simply by saying, "We wore it without knowing the meaning"; and, "I feel sad and pained that their chance to perform on the program is gone".
'After I found out, I was very flustered and apologetic.
Incidentally, the shirt has subsequently sold out.