The vague wording of Music Station's statement that "as a program, wanted to ask him his mentality in wearing it" leaves it unclear as to whether producers merely wanted a behind-closed-doors discussion before agreeing to have BTS on the show, or whether they were demanding to be allowed to ask Jimin, live on air, about his wardrobe choice.
A picture of Jimin wearing a T-shirt depicting the United States atomic bombing of Japan, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, starting being shared online. Earlier this year, many were postively looking forward to BTS's first ever invitation to the year-end show.
BTS later apologised to its fans for not being able to make an appearance.
I can never accept the act that #BTS member wore the atomic bomb T-shirts humanely.
There are conflicting reports about whether band member Jimin wore the shirt this past August or a year ago to celebrate Korea's Liberation Day, but either way it's the imagery of the attire that's become the issue.
"BTS will continue their efforts to connect with fans on stage and also through music".
The shirt is still available for purchase online.
Japan, meanwhile, became the only nation to have experienced a nuclear attack when the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagaski killing an estimated 200,000-plus people at the end of WWII.
The incident comes as ties between Japan and South Korea are once again strained over historical issues, with a court ruling holding Japanese firms liable for wartime forced labour claims roiling relations.
On November 8, Big Hit Entertainment announced via BTS's official Japanese website that the group's scheduled appearance on "Music Station" has been postponed.
Claiming that the T-shirt instigated anti-Japanese sentiment, the media outlet even described the group as "anti-Japanese". Jimin is reported to have worn the t-shirt on the anniversary of the end of the occupation in August, but the images went viral this week.