During his trip to Japan, Justin visited the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors those lost in the Second World War. However, the shrine is extremely controversial and those in China and South Korea feel it glorifies the war!
Justin Bieber went from posting a ton of pics of Japan to issuing an apology to those he offended. On April 22, the pop star headed to Tokyo and posted a photo in front of a shrine — one that he assumed was a place of prayer.
Justin Bieber’s Japan Controversy
Qin Gang, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman wasn’t aware of Justin’s visit, but when he found out, he wasn’t happy, the New Strait Times reported.
“I hope that this Canadian singer after visiting the Yasukuni shrine can have a clear understanding of Japan’s history of invasion and militarism, and of the source of Japan’s militarism,” he said.
The shrine commemorates the 2.5 million killed in the Second World War, including convicted criminals, so when the Biebs posted a pic in front of it, writing “thank you for your blessings,” it didn’t exactly get a positive reaction from China and S. Korea.
Justin Apologies: ‘I Was Misled’
However, the 21-year-old singer is claiming he wasn’t aware of what the shrine was.
“While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer,” he posted. “To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”
Justin received a ton of negative messages, that claimed he had no idea about history — so basically, he admitted that when it came to that, they were actually right. But, it’s nice that he apologized and removed the photo.
However, he posted other photos with staff at a restaurant in Japan, all making hand gestures. He captioned the photo, “West Side.” While it’s not offensive, per se, it may come off like he’s not taking the trip seriously.
Do you think Justin is posted offensive pics? Do you think he should take it more seriously? Or is he just having fun? Let us know, HollywoodLifers.
— Emily Longeretta