#1 Justin Bieber alienates billion fans over visit to controversial Japanese war shrine by Frank Cannon 23.04.2014 12:18



This is the equivalent of Gavrilo Prinzip shooting Archduke Ferdinand that started WWI. This action by The Beibs will touch off a war between China and Japan snowballing into WWIII. Bank on it.....

On Tuesday, Justin Bieber, Canadian pop star and notorious celebrity, visited a controversial Japanese shrine in Tokyo. On Wednesday, he apologized for the visit.

But the Chinese are still livid.

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a monument to soldiers who fought and died during World War II, is seen in China as a symbol of wartime atrocities committed by the Japanese. A recent visit to the shrine by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe further strained already tense relations between the two Asian powers.

The shrine houses the remains of more than 1,000 Japanese war criminals from World War II

Indeed, Bieber’s antics abroad have spawned several public-relations disasters over the past year. His run-ins with U.S. law enforcement have been widely reported in the media — and, of course, there’s the outrage over his remarks at Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House that “hopefully she’d have been a belieber” and the video of sleeping Bieber taken by an alleged Brazilian escort that broke the heart of many a tween fan.

And now here’s Justin Bieber, smack-dab in the middle of one of the world’s geopolitical conflicts. Intellectual luminaries like Nouriel Roubini have cited the possibility of “a limited war between the two powers” as one of the biggest potential threats to the global economy.

For those who are unfamiliar with the cause of the tension between Japan and China, here’s a crash course in recent Sino-Japanese relations:

The two countries are embroiled in a territorial dispute over a string of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. They’re known as Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan.

Japan has officially controlled the islands since 1895 (with the exception of a nearly three-decade period when they were administered by the U.S.). China has a claim to the islands which it says dates back to the first Sino-Japanese war. But China didn’t dispute Japan’s claim until the early 1970s, as the U.S. was handing back control to the Japanese.

Tensions began bubbling up again in 2008, when Chinese fishing boats began aggressively fishing in the waters around the islands. In 2012, China dispatched military vessels to the islands. And last fall, China established the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, requiring aircraft to notify the Chinese government if they plan on flying over the islands.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said America’s mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands. So if China were to try and seize control of the islands, we’d be obligated by law to step in.

So basically, if this conflict escalates into World War III, we can all blame Bieber.

In the pop star’s defense, he said he was unaware of the shrine’s significance when he stopped to take the Instagram snap. He thought it was merely a “place of prayer.”

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