AKB48 rumoured to have visited disputed Yasukuni shrine on New Year

4 January 2013 / 3 years 9 months ago

Source: The Korea Herald/Asia News Network/AsiaOneTop Japanese girl group AKB48 is being blasted on the Internet over rumours that two of its members visited the disputed Yasukuni shrine.According to reports by Korean and Chinese media on Wednesday, AKB48's Itano Domomi and Simajaki Haruka allegedly visited the shrine on Tuesday to celebrate the New Year.The rumour infuriated Korean and Chinese Internet users. Visiting the Yasukuni shrine is considered an insult to most Koreans and Chinese, as it honors several top war criminals including former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo.The rumour, however, is yet to be confirmed by the Japanese media or the group's agency.AKB48, a 48-member-girl group which debuted in 2005, is considered one of the top girl groups in Japan. The group is so popular in the country that it even runs an exclusive theatre in Akihabara, Tokyo, which hosts the group's performances.

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