Justin Bieber Offers Prayer to WWII War Criminals, Apologizes to China and Japan

Posts Instagram photo of himself bowing in front of controversial shrine housing war criminals with message “Thank you for your blessings,” replaces with apology to China and Japan

Popstar icon Justin Bieber publicly embarrassed himself once again, this time at Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine, notorious for honoring the military leaders from Japan’s imperial army who committed mass atrocities in China during World War II.

Bieber posted an image of himself bowing before the shrine’s entrance with the reverential message, “Thank you for your blessings.”

From The Hollywood Reporter:

According to the popstar's Twitter and Instagram accounts, he dropped in on the city's notorious Yasukuni Shrine, a religious site that has been a constant source of high-level diplomatic dispute between China and Japan. Former military leaders from Japan's imperial army -- including 14 class-A war criminals -- who orchestrated mass atrocities in China and other areas of Asia during the Pacific War are believed to have their souls enshrined there.

Before Bieber recognized his mistake, the image had already been retweeted tens of thousands of times and attracted over 600,000 likes.  

When he realized the highly controversial nature of the site, the popstar yanked the image and replaced it with a photo of himself from Time and an apology to anyone he offended, including all of China and Japan:

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.