President Obama was trying to show U.S. resolve by pledging to support Japan’s governance of some disputed islands off the coast of China.
But who knew?
Bieber was getting all the media attention for what the Japan Times newspaper called an “unbelieberble stunt.” Okay, the kid is Canadian. So maybe the Canadian government owes Japan an apology.
Nonetheless, his association with the United States–he lives here–was enough to be embarrassing all the way around.
Bieber ignited the media frenzy himself this morning (Apr. 23) when he posted a photo on Instagram of his visit to Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine. “Thank you for your blessings,” he captioned the photo, adding insult to injury.
Little did he know, the Yasukuni Shrine memorializes millions of Japanese war dead including the worst-of-the-worst, convicted, Class-A Japanese war criminals, according to the newspaper.
The shrine is viewed as a symbol of Japan’s wartime aggression, especially in counties, where Japan carried out its horrific atrocities.
Finally, someone clued in the Biebs, who issues a prolific apology. The singers management has been pushing stories that Bieber is trying to turn his public image around.
So the copious apology may be a sign that he’s taking the effort seriously.
“While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer,” he wrote.
“To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”
Obama, meanwhile, is on an eight-day mission to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to its Asian allies in the face of rising regional tensions.