Share this article Share One photo, of him standing in front of the shrine, was captioned, 'Thank you for your blessings'. Another which read 'Good morning' showed a photo of him posing with a man in traditional Japanese clothing. The teen popstar was forced into grovelling apology after the visit which he posted on his Twitter account Holiday: The popstar poses in Japan - he has regularly been updating his Instagram page with photos from his trip Backtracking: The photos of the shrine which have now been removed, sparked outrage among his followers The photos, which got more than , likes, also sparked outrage among his followers.
The shrine contains the remains of some of those commemorated, but is mostly a symbolic destination for relatives. However the souls of hundreds of convicted war criminals are also enshrined there. Japan entered an unwritten agreement with China in the s which suggested that serving leaders would not visit the shrine. Japanese planned Nanjing massacre killed tens of thousands of people [in] China. Please face up to history. I am so sad that you visited the Yasukuni Shrine. Anyway, please dont come to China forever, we really don't like stupid people.
I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. I love you China and I love you Japan'. He insisted he had believed the flag was a top, and didn't mean any disrespect by his actions, which caused outrage among many fans in the audience.
The teen idol also ran into trouble after spraying graffiti on a wall in the same country. A few months earlier he caused outrage after leaving a 'tasteless' comment in the guestbook at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The singer visited the famous home where Jewish wartime diarist Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution for two years during the Holocaust.
After spending an hour touring the home, which opened as a museum in , Bieber wrote a message in the guestbook, which read: Hopefully she would have been a belieber. Many described it as 'disrespectful,' 'disgusting' and an 'embarrassment to Canadians.
Further straining fraught regional ties: Yesterday a Japanese cabinet minister and some politicians visited the shrine Controversial: The Yasukuni shrine was built in under Emperor Meiji in memory of the country's war dead. The shrine is mostly a symbolic destination for relatives China's ties with Japan have long been coloured by what Beijing considers Tokyo's failure to atone for its brutal wartime occupation of parts of the country and what it sees as whitewashing of atrocities in school textbooks.
Yesterday a Japanese cabinet minister and some politicians visited the shrine, in a move that could further strain fraught regional ties. President Barack Obama, provoking an angry response from China and South Korea, which decried it as romanticizing Japan's wartime past.
Yoshitaka Shindo, the internal affairs minister, along with a close aide to Abe, paid their respects at Yasukuni,as part of the shrine's annual spring festival that ends on Wednesday, the day Obama arrives. Justin Bieber has apologised to his fans in Argentina after a video which appeared to show him kicking their national flag off stage during a performance in Buenos Aires last year 'As this visit was my personal visit, I don't believe that it will have any effect on the U.
President's visit,' Shindo said. A separate visit Shindo made to Yasukuni earlier this month prompted an angry response from China. Abe made a December visit to the shrine which sparked widespread global anger, with key ally the United States saying it was 'disappointed'. But this time Abe opted for an offering, and not a visit, aimed at pleasing his conservative supporters while trying to minimise international criticism.
Seiichi Eto, a special aide to Abe, told reporters that his visit and those of the lawmakers 'should have nothing to do' with Obama's visit.