A Japanese broadcaster has axed a live appearance from a hugely popular South Korean boyband after a pictured emerged of one of its members wearing a T-shirt showing an atomic bombing.
The long-sleeved shirt, worn by BTS member Jimin, also reads "patriotism" and "Korea" while depicting a celebration of the country's liberation from Japan in 1945.
The top features an image of an atomic bomb explosion, which social media users have suggested shows either the bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki in the Second World War.
Jimin reportedly wore the shirt in August 2017 when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation.
The top is made by the South Korea-based clothing brand Our History, and is listed as sold out on the company's website.
BTS, a seven-member K-pop band, are known for their boyish looks and meticulously choreographed dance moves.
They are one of South Korea's best-known musical exports, becoming the first K-pop performers to top the US Billboard 200 with "Love Yourself: Tear."
BTS were due to perform on the live show Music Station on TV Asahi on Friday before the photo of Jimin went viral.
TV Asahi said in a statement: "BTS' appearance scheduled for the 9th has been cancelled.
"The T-shirt that one of the members wore made headlines and became controversial."
BTS' recording company Universal Music said it will continue to support the band, but confirmed their appearance on Music Station had been cancelled.
The term K-pop refers to domestic popular music in South Korea, which can be influenced by any number of different styles and genres.
— 髙橋裕司 (Yuji T) (@YuJett) November 9, 2018
K-pop artists are extremely popular in Japan, despite the hostility that can mark other aspects of the two nation's ties.
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.
Tokyo reacted furiously in October after South Korea's top court ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labour programmes.
Despite the controversy over the top, some Japanese fans expressed disappointment that the BTS performance had been cancelled.
BTS has said in a statement over the the row: "We apologise for disappointing fans who were looking forward to this.
"BTS will continue their efforts to connect with fans on stage and also through music."
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Japan became the first nation to suffer an atomic bombing on 6 August 1945, at Hiroshima. This was followed by another bomb being dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August.
Japan surrendered six days later.
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Green Book director Peter Farrelly has apologised and called himself an "idiot" after a story emerged in which stars told how he liked to flash his genitals as a joke.
New York Magazine's The Cut published excerpts of a story which ran in Newsweek in 1998, which said Farrelly and his brother and frequent film-making partner Bobby Farrelly would "prank" colleagues.
The Farrelly brothers are best known for comedies including Dumb and Dumber, Shallow Hal, Kingpin and There's Something About Mary.
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Both treated the incidents as a prank, The Cut article notes.
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To coincide with what would have been Bowies 72nd birthday and third death anniversary, the David Bowie Is app arrived earlier this week giving fans an interactive exhibition into the life and stellar career of the iconic British singer, who died on 10 January 2016.
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Fresh investigations into the Ignition singer have been launched in Chicago and Atlanta into allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against him by a number of women.
The 52-year-old is accused of holding five women in a sex cult, as well as having sexual contact with girls as young as 14. R Kelly has strongly denied these allegations.
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In a note on social media, Gaga wrote: As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadnt processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.
The song is called “Do What U Want (With My Body),” I think its clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time. If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self Id tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in—or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation—to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about what weve been through.
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