BTS boy band dropped from Japanese TV over atom bomb T-shirt

South Korean pop group BTS performs during a Korean cultural event in Paris

BTS's Jimin was photographed a year ago in a white shirt with the words "Patriotism ourhistory (sic) Liberation Korea" on the back and an image of what looks like an explosion on the back The reference to the end of Japan's colonional rule of the Korean peninsula was backed by images of Koreans celebrating in August 1945, the month the U.S. carried out nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A photograph has been widely circulated on Japanese social media sites.

Associated Press BTS has sold out USA arenas and topped the Billboard charts twice.

This year, the BTS became the first K-pop band to win a Billboard Music Award; the first K-pop act to sell out a USA arena; and broke the record for biggest music video debut, a distinction previously held by Taylor Swift.

BTS are the leading lights of the K-Pop phenomenon and made history earlier this year by becoming the first K-Pop band to top the U.S. album charts, a sign of the genre's growing global appeal. "Music Station" is one of Japan's most prominent music programmes and one of TV Asahi's main shows.

"A t-shirt design worn by one of the members caused controversy. we had been discussing it with the record label".

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The decision was made after TV Asahi Corp. cancelled a performance of the K-Pop boy band on its live show "Music Station" over an atomic t-shirt scandal.

The term K-pop refers to domestic popular music in South Korea, which can be influenced by any number of different styles and genres.

Despite diplomatic tensions, K-Pop and Korean actors are extremely popular in neighboring Japan.

The two countries have strained relations due to Japan's occupation of the Korean Peninsula in the early 20th century until the end of the Second World War.

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. "This group is making fun of the atomic bombings".

Japan surrendered six days later. This was followed by another bomb being dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August.

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