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Justin Bieber says sorry after trip to Japan war shrine

Published on Apr 23, 2014 7:01 PM
 
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. -- 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 him 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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