Justin Bieber has apologized for a visit to a Japanese war shrine that honors convicted war criminals this week, explaining he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. Justin, 20, posted a picture of himself and a friend visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine with the caption, “Thank you for you blessings.” The picture was deleted, and in a new Instagram post Justin tried to explain himself by saying, “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.” The Yasukuni Shrine honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals, and also operates as a war museum that defends Japanese military aggression. China and South Korea see it as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism and consider visits there as a lack of remorse over historical events.
Only a year ago, his comment after visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam landed him in trouble. The comment read, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” ~Alexandra Sharova