"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".
It is printed with the English words "Patriotism", "Our History", "Liberation" and "Korea" and features reproductions of two photographs: one showing Koreans celebrating and the other showing the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb that...
BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt past year, on Aug 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945. The South Korean boy band topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart twice this year.
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 USA album charts, a sign of the genre's growing global appeal.
Despite diplomatic tensions, K-Pop and Korean actors are extremely popular in neighboring Japan.
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"We deeply apologize to the viewers who were looking forward to their performance", the station said, per CNN.
"We have chose to cancel BTS' November 9 appearance, which was previously previewed on November 2". Despite IZ*ONE's successful debut stage on KBS's ' Music Bank' last week, some netizens are still petitioning the girl group's promotions on the station; the government petition demanding a ban on IZ*ONE from appearing on public broadcast station programs now has approximately 30,000 signatures.
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.
Japan surrendered six days later.