Apr 23 - The pop star apologizes to Chinese and Japanese fans after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. Alicia Powell reports.
Trouble continues to find Justin Bieber. The pop star drew fire from South Korea and China after stepping into a bitter international dispute over Japan's wartime aggression. Bieber posted a photo on social media of what appeared to be himself visiting Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine - seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's wartime aggression - with the heading, "Thank you for your blessings". The photo was later deleted, although it was republished elsewhere on the Internet. The Shrine honors 14 Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals after World War Two along with Japan's war dead. Chinese officials have in the past compared Japanese politicians' visits to the shrine to the idea of German politicians laying flowers on Hitler's bunker. Foreign Ministrey Spokesman Qin Gang. SOUNDBITE: Qin Gang, Chinese Foreign Ministrey Spokesman, saying (Madarin): "I want to add, if needed, that I hope that this Canadian singer, after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, can have an understanding and knowledge of that period of Japan's history of militarist invasion and of the imperial historical view and militarism mindset the Yasukuni Shrine promotes." The 20-year-old later apologized on Instagram saying "to anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry, I love you China and I love you Japan."