The offending shirt featured the phrase "PATRIOTISM OURHISTORY LIBERATION KOREA" repeated multiple times alongside an image of an atomic bomb explosion and another of Koreans celebrating liberation. TV Asahi's 'Music Station Super Live', another year-end special scheduled for this December, will ultimately carry on without inviting BTS to the event after deliberating on the matter.
"The T-shirt that one of the members wore made headlines and became controversial, ' the station added, saying it had discussed the "intention" behind the shirt with the band's record label and ultimately chose to 'cancel their appearance".
Viewers had complained over a T-shirt Jimin was spotted wearing in Los Angeles in March of 2017. Earlier this year, many were postively looking forward to BTS's first ever invitation to the year-end show.
BTS apologised for the cancellation but made no reference to the T-shirt.
Universal Music said it will continue to support BTS but confirmed their appearance on the live show Music Station had been cancelled. I did it to express the historic truth and timing that after the atomic bomb was detonated, Japan's unconditional surrender led to independence.
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It is unclear when exactly Jimin wore the shirt in question, but pictures of him in it started circulating online in October.
"I am a resident of Hiroshima, I will not allow BTS to appear on the music station".
It wasn't long before the Japanese words for #Unforgiveable and #AtomicBomb started trending on Twitter - and some Japanese social media users were furious. Jimin is reported to have worn the t-shirt on the anniversary of the end of the occupation in August, but the images went viral this week.
Last month, Tokyo reacted furiously after South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labour programmes. "This group is making fun of the atomic bombings".