Agency for K-Pop Group BTS Apologizes over A-Bomb T-Shirt

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Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)--The talent agency for South Korean male pop group BTS has offered an apology over the issue of one of its members wearing a T-shirt with an image of an atomic-bombing in the past.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the agency, Big Hit Entertainment, said, "In all activities involving BTS and any other artists associated with our company, Big Hit does not condone any activities of war or the use of atomic weapons."

"We would like to offer our sincere apologies for inadvertently inflicting pain and distress" to atomic bomb victims, Big Hit Entertainment said, noting that the agency failed to "strictly review the clothing and accessories" its artists wore.

The talent agency also said that it wants to apologize to organizations of hibakusha atomic bomb survivors.

The T-shirt in question reportedly included a printed image of an atomic bomb being dropped, along with an image of people celebrating liberation from the 1910-1945 Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

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