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Bieber's visit to Japanese war shrine sparks outrage in South Korea and China

Published on Apr 23, 2014 6:15 PM
 

Tokyo - Justin Bieber courted controversy once again yesterday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours.

The troubled Canadian pop prince, 20, posted the snap of the Yasukuni shrine on his Instagram account - tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers - but later took it down.

"Thank you for your blessings," he tweeted as he posted the picture, showing the backs of two people standing in front of the massive shrine pavilion. The post sparked a social media backlash, including in South Korea and China, where the shrine is seen as a symbol of Japan's perceived lack of penitence for its imperialist past.

An attached museum peddles a view of World War II deemed unpalatable by most mainstream historians, casting Japan as a victim and a frustrated liberator of Asia.

This photo illustration shows a woman looking at a picture of Japanese Yasukuni shrine posted on the Instagram account of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber after his visit to the controversial shrine in Tokyo, on April 23, 2014. Justin Bieber courted controversy once again yesterday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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