Justin Bieber Visits Yasukuni Shrine 'by Mistake'

Canadian megastar Justin Bieber added to a string of recent gaffes on Wednesday by paying a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which is a symbol of Japanese aggression for many Asian countries.

Bieber posted pictures on Instagram of him bowing alongside some Japanese friends in front of the shrine, which honors convicted war criminals among Japan's war dead.

He later apologized after the posts were met with an outcry mainly from other East Asian countries that experienced Japanese aggression in the past like China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.

Bieber deleted his entries and explained, "I was mislead (sic) to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry."

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 24, 2014 11:53 KST