Justin Bieber at Yasukuni: “It Just Looked Pretty, Honest!”

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Top (North) American celebrity Justin Bieber has caused massive controversy by posting a photo of himself honouring Japan’s top war criminals in an “accidental” visit to the Yasukuni Shrine.

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At the first whiff of controversy Bieber withdrew the photograph and issued an apology in his usual eloquent style:

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

The apology soon drew over 20,000 largely supportive comments, although the finer points of the situation seem possibly even more lost on his fans than on Bieber himself.

Yasukuni was established as the shrine for all Japan’s war dead in the era of state Shinto, including various vanquished soldiers later judged war criminals, but when the post-war government divested itself of all religious control the shrine passed into the private control of those who for whatever reasons refuse to see the more controversial spirits rehomed.

With the nation’s main war memorial now stuck housing the spirits of all Japanese who perished in war along with several decidedly controversial executed war criminals – for what are undoubtedly spiritual reasons which have nothing to do with the shrine’s owners wanting to spite the victors- there have been endless problems as Japanese leaders are stuck with an all-or-nothing choice of kowtowing either to China or their own crazed nationalists.

That Bieber was entirely unaware of the single most controversial place in Japan he could possibly visit short of the Senkaku islands themselves is perhaps plausible, although whether anyone else had a hand in guiding him to the shrine is of course open to some speculation.

Japanese are more bemused than most at his choice of attraction:

“This guy…”

“OK, now I’m a fan.”

“What are China and Korea going to say about this!”

“Cool pic.”

“Justin really does know nothing at all, doesn’t he?”

“I expect he thought it was just a normal shrine.”

“I’ve never even been there either…”

“Something to do with Obama’s visit perhaps? Odd timing.”

“I can only imagine Kennedy’s reaction to this.”

“The bad thing is that all the crazy fuss is just going to reinforce people’s belief that there is nothing at Yasukuni but a shrine to war criminals.”

“Looking at this pic I would think it would drive tourists there even so.”

“Next he’ll find himself accidentally tucking into some whale meat.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 24/04/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wasn't he banned from traveling and all his tour dates cancelled?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    U cannot stop the biebstah

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 24/04/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm a little surprised the Japanese let him in the country.

    Comment by Anonymous

    In Japan being a celebrity means having an international rap sheet won't disqualify you from entering the country. They're that hard up for international attention, to feed their news stations & sell shitty merchandize.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Didn't they turn away Paris Hilton at the airport a couple of years ago?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They don't let Drug Users into the country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    and a certain popular politician

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember they deported Paris hilton for having cocain well that was cocain

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    they banned snoop dogg too

    Comment by Anonymous

    he fits in with japanese boy bands .

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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:32 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn`t he too ugly for them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...Wait, what? BOY bands? What do they have to do with this? If anything, Bieber fits in with AKB48, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    http://m.eonline.com/news/421942/justin-bieber-is-the-7th-most-popular-woman-on-the-web

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^Truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't recall Japanese boy bands being complete morons, causing trouble, and constantly at odds with the law...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 24/04/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fuck you sankaku, he's a Canadian not an American. Don't blame the US for this piece of shit. We wanted to deport him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    You break him, you keep him, Amerika.

    Comment by Anonymous

    By the way, he -was- a talented musician, very skillful with guitar and drums. But then he became a fangirl idol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 06:31:

    I was gonna call bullshit on you up until you hit upon he point about Usher and thought, 'well, this guy MIGHT have a good point there'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This.

    Before he moved from Canada he was just a guy on YouTube.

    Then America and Usher took over his upbringing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    the fame got to his head, just like most young celebrities

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.5)

    You do know that America is a whole continent and not just the US, right?

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    02:11 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    No, North America is the continent. Go call someone not from the US(America) American and you'll get told you're wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actually.. It depends on where you live

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent

    A lot of countries, including mine, teach the six-continents one, which has America as 1 continent, both north and south.

    I suppose the seven one was invented for people actually LIVING in America (south and north) because they couldn't stand each other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There is also central america, goes from guatemala to panama, the ones who think america is only usa, or just north and south are dumb

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    03:48
    You're totally wrong dude.
    North and South America have always been considered separate continents. The Americas, not the America. It's Australia, that's sometimes considered to be just a large Southeast Asian island, and not a continent, thus 6 continents instead of 7.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    South America and North America are on separate tectonic plates, which is how I decide what constitutes a continent. That being said, there are six major continents. Europe and Asia make up the largest single landmass. Usually it's called Eurasia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll just leave this link here

    What are Continents? by CGP Grey
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uBcq1x7P34

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "A lot of countries, including mine, teach the six-continents one, which has America as 1 continent, both north and south."

    So North and South America which are attached by a 50 mile isthmus are one continent, but Europe connected by a 1640 mile stretch of land to Asia is it's own separate continent? I'm confused.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 26/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    your wrong and your still insisting your RIGHT that's AMERICAN DUDE face it :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 27/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This thread: if English is not your native language, all of the above misspellings and poor grammar can be excused.
    Otherwise, you're both fucking retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't the site for such controversy, let's just all agree that we don't enjoy beiber's current rep.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    North America is NOT a continente you tard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually North America IS a continente and South America too, the USA isnt one. Even kids who play risiko know this stuff.

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    Comment by Helldiver501
    04:19 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.3)

    You know that America is a continent that goes from Argentina to Canada.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No I didn't know that because it isn't true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 24/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    that is known as the Americas not America please take note of the "s"

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Both America and Americas can refer to the continent

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/america

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's the joke.

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    Comment by WEL
    05:18 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    the joke is that america is a continent and canada's part of it. -__-

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    North America is a continent. When only America is used, it refers to the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think the joke is that Canada is a part of the US

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:52 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    America is a continent, not a fucking country

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is Sankaku Euro or somthing? No one living in NA (North America) really considers them selves americans other then the states. No one here north or south thinks or says that. Same goes In Eurasia. India is asian, but no one calls them that. What are Russians? Everyone calls them Russians, but they are Europeans (Or North Asians? Im not really sure)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    the REAL point is... NO ONE GIVES A FUUUUCK~! WUBA-LUBA-DUB-DUB Bitches~! this planet is called *Amerika*!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @13:04
    Russians originate from Kievan Rus, which was a wholly European state. So they're Europeans, aside from the handful of aboriginal Asian tribesman still living in Siberia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    America can refer to both US and Continent. America can refer to either North or South America, Or you could say like "I'm from America" or whatever If the person you're speaking to knows that you mean USA, or it's obvious that you mean USA which could be possible depending on the situation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No use, Sancom has always been and will always be anti-American.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    like the twitter says "Dear God give us back Tupac and we will give you Justin Bieber".

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Canada totally isn't part of America.

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    Comment by Tasche
    03:49 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    until his rise and fall in the music world, hes America's problem for now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    [she's] America's problem for now.

    ^ there, fixed it a bit

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rule63 bieber would be much more interesting. I would fap to that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking retard, everyone on the continent of AMERICA = Americans, its shitty US people that have misappropriated the term fot themselves wrongly.

    So what if I tell you japanese, chinese, etc are all ASIANS?

    Go back to school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 27/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese do NOT consider themselves Asians, you clueless fuckhead. Furthermore, Americans is not a race of people.

    Go back to school. Idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    As an american I have to agree with the second guy. American isn't a race, and in American, there is not really a set race since the variety in our genepool is ridiculous. Plus, japan can be considered as a pacific island country, just like 100's of others like it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    He's Canadian, moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guy number #1 is for the most part correct. Our politicians are corrupted, we have an awful education system (school funding depends almost entirely on community these days), and now we have the shittiest gun laws.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least try to hold back your jealousy...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Murrica at it's best. If you like it or not... Canada also is North America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So I'm guessing you're from New Zealand or Australia, because that's the type of thinking of someone who doesn't share a continent with another country. However while we're on this topic are you saying that all Asian countries are like or should be blamed for China's smog, and their buildings randomly collapsing?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you sayin' that Canada isn't part of the american continent ㅠ_ㅠ

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 24/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    No, im pretty sure north america disowned canada years ago

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You need to work on your geography bro.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Canada. Like a more empty, lamer USA, with none of the good stuff. Just thank your fucking lucky stars, your hardcore kick-ass neighbors, south of the border, are right next door to look after your pipsqueak flappy heads.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I can't agree with none of the good stuff, "water" our most precious resource is sold to US for less than a penny and they make them into bottles and sell back to us, haha

    gotta see who is the generous neighbor here
    also good temper too

    btw the country doesn't have anything to do with the ppl in there anyway, why bring that up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Canada is also one of our biggest oil suppliers. Plus, canadians actually are really nice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Generally speaking, Canada does suck... but at least they're willing to tell big tobacco & all the shitty smokers to go suck a dick.

    Those irresponsible faggots should be paying for our health care too. But that will never happen because big business owns our shit tier government and our people are too dumb & fat to do anything about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Canada > USA, USA a shit, btw never heard of this place and I did think I knew japan well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Canada's middle-class recently became more wealthy than the American...because Canadian culture and government isn't so insistent on the enrichment of the very few over the many.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Canada has 10% of the US population...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why are u USA citizen so fucking arogant stupid whiny bitches, has it something to do with genetics? Retarded incestuous children of puritans? And no, i'm not from Canada and neither I like Bieber. Maybe listen to something else and live and let live? Most of his fans are USA teenage girls anyway, u mad?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 01/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sorry there are so many ignorant people in my country. I get frustrated at that too.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hey fuck you, he's American not Canadian. He's lived in the States longer than in Canada and you guys made him who he is today.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 24/04/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Check your math dipshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    ya....we tried to deport him....he is not an American hes a Canadian pop star







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