Justin Bieber Visits Controversial Japanese Shrine

A general reaction was the Chinese-English hybrid phrase “no zuo no die,” meaning, “if you don’t do something stupid, bad things won’t happen to you.”

Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo featuring the Yūshūkan war museum. Though this oldest military museum in Japan was established in 1882, it's made the shrine highly controversial in international politics, with visits interpreted by some to be implicit endorsements of Imperial Japan's World War II actions.


When politicians or other dignitaries visit the shrine, it tends to exacerbate international tensions, or at least invite criticism. Just this week, it became an issue when a group of lawmakers visited the shrine for a spring festival days ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.


Pop star Justin Bieber happened to trip on this geopolitical fault line during his recent stop in Japan. A visit to the shrine lead to an outcry from Chinese fans and even the country's Foreign Ministry.

Along with calls to boycott Bieber, a general reaction was the Chinese-English hybrid phrase  “no zuo no die,”  meaning, “if you don’t do something stupid, bad things won’t happen to you.”

After pulling a photo of the visit from Instagram, Bieber posted the apology:

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



via Wall Street Journal 


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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