Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine; posts pictures then takes them down
Published on Apr 23, 2014 5:14 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, 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 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," the 20-year-old star 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.
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