According to the pop star’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, Justin Bieber dropped by Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine this week. The shrine honors military dead, including leaders who committed mass atrocities during World War II
Did Justin Bieber just honor the memory of some of Japan’s worst war criminals during his recent trip to Tokyo? You better belieb it!
According to the international pop sensation’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, Bieber dropped by the notorious Yasukuni Shrine this week, where he paid his respects to Japan’s war dead, including former military leaders from the country’s imperial army who committed mass atrocities across Asia and the Pacific during World War II.
“Thank you for your blessings,” tweeted Bieber, which garnered more than 666,000 likes on Instagram and tens of thousands of retweets before the singer suddenly removed the image from his account.
Thank you for your blessings. http://t.co/qmK0i5spBT
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 22, 2014
While hundreds of thousands gave Bieber’s shout-out the thumbs-up, his Chinese fans were less than impressed.
“Maybe you are a giant in Japan and thats the reason why you like Japan. Anyway, please dont come to China forever, we really dont like stupid people,” commented one user, while another pleaded with Bieber to remove the picture before he waded deeper into highly controversial waters.
“You hurt your Chinese fans Bieber !!!!! Please delete this picture…… There are something about the politics between china and Japan. I still believe you are a good boy Bieber. So If you don’t wanna lose your Chinese fans. Please!!!!!!!” wrote one incensed fan.
Bieber’s visit to Yasukuni comes almost a year to the day after he visited the Anne Frank House, a museum honoring the legacy of the Jewish teenager who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp in World War II. He scrawled in the guestbook that “hopefully she would have been a Belieber.”