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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF 11 days ago

Designer of the controversial shirt that Jimin wore speaks up about the issues on the atomic bomb photo and more

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The designer of the controversial shirt that Jimin wore has spoken up about the issue. 

CEO Lee Kwang Jae of LJ Company, the designer company of the 'ourhistory' shirt, had an interview with DongA on November 9. 

Lee stated, "Street fashion was a trend when I started the brand. I have a great interest in history and designed the shirt thinking that young people can also become interested in history if I include history in fashion."

Regarding the controversial photo of the atomic bomb on the shirt, Lee said, "That part was not included to mock Japan. It was simply added to show the truth and the process of how the liberation of Korea came about when Japan surrendered after the atomic bombs."



As for BTS' schedule cancellation for TV Asahi's 'Music Station,' Lee said, "I was very startled and apologetic after learning this fact. We did not intend to encourage anti-Japan sentiments and we are very apologetic to BTS."

In the midst of the controversy, the shirts have been sold out on the official 'ourhistory' website. To NewDaily, Lee stated, "Our company is relatively small as of now. Only a small amount is being manufactured for China and Hong Kong, and the majority is domestic sales." He revealed, "The shirt of the issue was sold out a long time ago but requests for reproduction is soaring since the issue came to surface 3 weeks ago."
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GoodMusic 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

They should just stop producing the line. It's causing such a huge controversy and he's on about soaring sales.

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Faith_Kim 11 days ago 1
11 days ago

I think the idea of a korean independence shirt is fine but putting an atomic bomb on there was insensitive. Jimin wasn't wrong for wearing the shirt but he should have been more careful and selective as to what his shirt depicted, considering how famous BTS is in Japan.

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Menece 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

he should have been more careful and selective

Your sources that jimin choose that shirt instead of the stylist that bighit pay to make it easy for the idols?

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changminbaby 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

if you feel apologetic then dont reproduce them!!

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magicboxofmusic 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

TBH the shirt is ugly and controversial, I don't get why anyone would want to wear such a thing to trigger people? Jimin probably wore it once and threw it aside.

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Kurare 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

It's history; it's a story; people gotta stop living in the past and crying over a time when conquest was a thing.

Let the kids live in peace in the 20th century and these shit-disturbers should just fall over and die.

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HwasaQween 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

#LiberationTshirtNotBombTshirt

#LiberationTshirtNotBombTshirt

Eminem wrote the atomic bomb as a song lyrics. But Japan doesn't say anything to Eminem.

the atomic bombing of japan signifies the liberation of korea from japan's imperialistic rule. there's nothing wrong with jimin wearing the shirt.T-shirt is actually not the reason. 1 or 2 years ago and for 2 sec on screen. Japan government just made a use of BTS because recently Korean court judged Korean captives during WW2 should be apologized and compensated by Japan. But Japan didn't but even planned to make innocent artist of Korea apologize to Japan reversely. It's so cruel and immature. The 2nd most victims of bomb were 90 thousand innocent Korean captives in Japan, criminal country of WW2. 50 thousand of them died then and only 40 thousands alive came back to Korea but still suffer with radiation disease now. So the bomb is also painful history of Korea, too. So it on the T-shirt as a history of Korean liberation day.

The shirt was meant to explain the Independence Day of Korea, hence they put 2 pictures on the shirt. one is a picture of the atomic bomb's mushroom cloud, and the other one is a picture of Korean people Hooraying at their independence day, August 15th of 1945. Those 2 pictures each symbolize the defeat of the Japanese Empire and the following Independence of Korea, and both are very commonly shown in the history textbook. Japanese haters claim that those pictures are meant to mock at the atomic bomb victims, which is distorting the truth. The picture of the cloud simply represents the end of the war. How can that be read as mocking innocent victims? Cooking up the story with the pictures without any harmful intention is very despicable. The problem is with the people who are trying so hard to mislead it as Korean people celebrating' the 'atomic bomb victims' when it's NOT. How can they drag on the 'innocent victim' of theirs to distort the truth? That's a shame. The bomb ended the war, it's undeniable. It brought numerous people freedom who were under the oppression of war criminals. Celebrating their independence cannot be separated from the end of the war. It's sad that civilians including 70,000 KOREAN (20,000 for Hiroshima)people were sacrificed from the atomic bomb, but that's a different story. (btw Japanese government excluded Korean bomb survivors from the atomic bomb survivor relief law with the reason that Korean survivors don't reside in Japan, even though many of the victims were bombed while working as the forced laborer for the munition factories in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.) Why don't Japanese think about why they get bombed? Did it fall from the sky out of sudden? without any reason? Why did the bomb choose to be dropped there? To END the war THEY broke out. Personally, It was very disappointing to see the Japanese people's reaction from the bomb picture, they directly recall their victims only, not the historical context of the situation Koreans are NOT fond of mocking innocent bomb victims in any degree since THEY were the victims during the war period. if BTS would have worn the shirt with that ill intention, Korean would be the first one to leave them.

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2fat 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

test

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ikindalovekpop 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

I don't think he should stop manufacturing them, to reiterate what some peeps below said. If Japan doesn't even want to admit or compensate the women and nations whose lives they destroyed during WWII, or admit their faults. Then I don't see why they are getting angry over a 'fault of respect' because of a shirt.

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Blue1 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

They shouldn't be apologetic, this is part of history, and there is no reason to apologize to a country who can't even admit and apologize for all the shit they did. I don't feel any sympathy toward Japan right now, not as long as they will deny what they did to Chinese and Korean men, children and women.

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diamonddust 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

Stupid AKP ate my comment. *___*
I just wanted to say how ugly the designs are and how the designer probably threw this junk together in less than 5 minutes. XP

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lacreme 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

I don't believe his explanation. That photo mocks the death of thousands via atomic bomb.

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123PoP 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

I don't understand why a historical image is being criticized because it's on a shirt that want to talk about history. Like it or not 2 bombs were dropped in order to stop a war. Korea did not drop the bomb, the USA did. So weird that ppl piss their pants over A historical image yet when Korea's complain about the rising sun all you hypocrites eat your own poop

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tvxqEGY 11 days ago 2
11 days ago

i am sorry but the atomid bomb is 10 times worse than what japan did to korea

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123PoP 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

you are stupid if you are measuring ppls pain

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Anonymous150 11 days ago 0
11 days ago

Korea was occupied by Japan for 35 years. Educate yourself please

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