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Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

Published on Apr 24, 2014 1:36 PM
 
Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber is pictured in police custody in Miami Beach, Florida on Jan 23, 2014. Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

The troubled Canadian pop prince posted a snap of himself at Yasukuni shrine on his Instagram account - tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers - with the message "Thank you for your blessings".

The shrine is seen across Asia 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.

 
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