Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine visit

Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere Of Open Road Films' "Justin Bieber's Believe" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 18, 2013, in Los Angele. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.


The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea in particular see Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and see visits to it as a lack of understanding or remorse over wartime history.

Two photos posted late Tuesday and subsequently removed from Instagram showed Bieber praying outdoors at the shrine and standing beside a Shinto priest. The images outraged China as well as many commenters on Instagram and Twitter.

In a new Instagram post Wednesday evening, Bieber, 20, said he asked his driver to stop when he saw the shrine.

"I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry," the post said. "I love you China and I love you Japan."


Bieber's legal team, meanwhile, is looking to delay a trial currently scheduled to begin next month on Florida charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

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