(PCM) As much as stirring up controversy and trouble seem to go hand in hand for pop superstar Justin Bieber these days, we have to think that his latest move was truly just an honest mistake, at least we hope.
Recently, Bieber made a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo which enshrines 2.5 million war dead, including Japan’s 14 convicted war criminals and also happens to be a war museum that defends Japan’s wartime aggression’s. Bieber posted an image of the shrine online with the following caption “Thank you for your blessing” and immediately Twitter and Facebook erupted with a ton of outrage.
China and South Korea in particular view Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism and consider visits there as a lack of understanding or remorse over wartime history. Chinese officials and others commented on Bieber’s images claiming he should remember China’s position on Yasukuni. Bieber claims that he only thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.
In his public apology to anyone he may have offended, Bieber posted “I was mislead (sic) to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry.”
The images has since been removed from Biebers’ Instagram account.