Justin Bieber Visits Controversial Yasukuni Shrine, Apologizes On Instagram

Justin Bieber

Baby, baby, baby, no. Justin Bieber finds himself in a sticky situation once again, but this time no eggs or buckets were harmed, just the entire country of China.

While in Tokyo, the pop star visited the Yasukuni Shrine – a controversial shrine honoring fallen WWII Japanese soldiers, including the soldiers who committed cruel acts upon the Chinese people. Bieber posted two photos that received negative feedback on social media and from Chinese officials. For obvious reasons the photos were removed, one showed Bieber standing next to a Shinto priest and the other with him praying outside at the shrine, captioned “Thank you for your blessings.”

Word got around and Bieber posted the photo below apologizing to anyone who was offended by the visit.

“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. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”

With the pile of negative Bieber stories that accumulated in the past few months, it is hard to digest a genuine apology from the 20-year-old superstar. He seems to have the worst luck overcoming cultural differences. This reminds me of his visit to the Anne Frank Museum writing in the guestbook, “Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.”


[Photo credit: Noe Causarano]


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