Japanese right-wing politician Onodera Masaru has brought issue with TWICE appearing on an end-of-year music show.

The Hokkaido assemblyman recently tweeted, “BTS, who wore a atomic bomb t-shirt, will not be appearing on NHK’s ‘Kōhaku Uta Gassen.’ Though this is good news, there was also a piece of bad news that was conveyed,” and shared a photo of TWICE’s Dahyun. In the photo, Dahyun wears a Marymond t-shirt. The brand donates a portion of proceeds to support comfort women who were sexual victims of the Japanese military.

Onodera Masaru continued, “I found that TWICE member Dahyun was wearing a ‘comfort woman t-shirt.’ The sales from this t-shirt are being used to fund the inappropriate activities of Korean comfort women. NHK is allowing the participation of this anti-Japanese activist in ‘Kōhaku Uta Gassen.’”

TWICE was previously confirmed to appear on “Kōhaku Uta Gassen,” one of the most famous end-of-year music shows in Japan. The group is the only K-pop group to appear on the show for the past two years, and is the first K-pop girl group to debut in Japan and appear on the show for two years in a row.

BTS was also recently involved in a Japanese controversy, where their appearance on a music program was canceled due to a t-shirt Jimin wore with a graphic of an atomic bomb detonating in Japan. The t-shirt designer as well as Big Hit Entertainment both shared that there was no ill intent nor any political intentions.

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