Justin Bieber apologizes for tacky photo 

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  • In this Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, worshippers bow at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine the week of April 20, 2014, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.
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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