BTS has been publicly apologized to the highest-ranking South Korean boyband leader for furor with a band member wearing a T-shirt depicting Japan's atomic bomb blast.
The big statement posted on Korean on both Twitter and Facebook pages on Tuesday night (November 13th), Big Hit's offer offered a heartfelt apology to those who feel about shirt pictures.
Tuesday is also the same day that the group began its concert tour of the "Love Of Yourself" Tokyo leg.
BTS debuted in 2013 in Big Hit, and since then it has become one of the largest boybands in the world. Japan was one of the first premieres in the overseas market, and there is a strong fanaticism.
In a second statement, Big Hit said that it did not consider the wars or atom bombs as trivial things and that it did not "intend" to harm the victims of the atomic bomb.
It's a few days after the Japanese broadcaster was released from the music program after a participant in Jimins wearing a T-shirt featuring slogans for support for the release of Korea, as well as a mushroom cloud at the back.
The arrival of Tuesday was the first time Big Hit responded to the controversy that hit the emotionally accused and controversial history between Japan and South Korea. The Japanese government was governed by the Korean peninsula more than thirty years before the end of the Second World War.
Big Hit added to his apologies that, although the shirt was not intended to harm the victims of the atomic bomb, those involved in the shirt did not have enough research.
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun earlier reported that the shirt manufacturer apologized and said that the company "did not want to aggressively influence the anti-Japanese sentiment or use (shirt design) to counteract Japan" and that it just wanted to show up before the release of the Korean peninsula.
Big Hit also addressed other issues that have recently been badly promoted by the group.
In a prominent announcement on Sunday, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization, condemned the group for alleged use of Nazi symbols.
"The Japanese T-shirt for the Nagasaki A-Bomb victims is just the last incident in this group that shakes the past," said Rabbi Abraham Kuper, Associate Dean and Center for Global Social Action.
The statement said members of this group provided cameras wearing hats with the Nazi Schutzstaffel Death Head's logo and said that "their scene cards were very similar to the Nazi swastika in their concert."
BTS member RM was featured wearing a death-head hat for distributing magazine photos in 2015. The main chapter of the death was the Nazis who were in charge of the Holocaust during the Second World War.
In response to criticism, Big Hit said it was in contradiction with Nazism and all groups with totalitarian and extremist tendencies. The management company added that it never intended to harm people previously affected by these groups.
The magazine provided all the clothes and accessories to the fire, but Big Hit acknowledged that the company's management did not provide enough research before and apologized to all who were affected by the Nazi appearance.
The company distanced BTS members from the mistake, however, stated that the management was not able to exercise due diligence and stressed that the members of the group were not responsible.
Big Hit also tried to clear the air for performance, where the participants might have flown flags with images similar to the Nazi swastika. The company said it from a concert last year with veteran South Korean artist Seo Taiji, performing the Seo song Classroom Idea.
The performance was not meant to repeat Nazism, Big Hit said, and the flag and its image were a creative work of art that was not related to the Nazis. Instead, it was intended to criticize South Korea's united and totalitarian education system.
The company said it will do its utmost to improve its future and focus more on the social, historical and cultural aspects of its activities.
He added that he would contact both Japan and the Korean Atomic Bomb Assault Associations as well as the Simon Wiesenthal Center to find out questions and get offended.