Justin Bieber again has managed to offend people via social media, this time posting a photo of himself visiting a controversial Japanese war shrine and mistaking it for a place of prayer.
TMZ reports that Bieber posted (then quickly deleted) the photo of himself and a friend standing in front of the Yasukuni Shrine, with the caption, “Thank you for your blessings.”
Bieber tried to explain the snafu, saying, “While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was misled to think the shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”
The Yasukuni Shrine honors those Japanese who died during war, including several imperial army members who committed heinous war crimes. The shrine is a sensitive topic, particularly to people in China and South Korea.
A year ago, Bieber made waves after visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and signing the guest book, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
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