Date
18 December 2017
Justin Bieber is caught in online headlights, apologizing for a posting on Japan's Yasukuni Shrine. Photo: Reuters
Justin Bieber is caught in online headlights, apologizing for a posting on Japan's Yasukuni Shrine. Photo: Reuters

Bieber backtracks on Yasukuni ‘blessing’ blunder

An online outcry has forced pop singer Justin Bieber to apologize for comments on a visit to a shrine honouring some of Japan’s worst war criminals, Britain’s Mirror newspaper reported Wednesday.

The singer posted a picture of the Yasukuni Shrine with the caption: “Thank you for your blessings”, attracting more than 700,000 likes and thousands of retweets, the report said. It also attracted fury from fans online.

The picture was removed and replaced with a message from Bieber professing his love for China and Japan, and apologizing for causing offence, it said.

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