Teen pop star Justin Bieber say sorry to those he insulted by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was mislead to see it as only a place of prayer.
The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honours 2.5 million war dead, as well as 14 crook war criminals. China and South Korea in particular see Yasukuni as a sign of Japan's earlier period militarism and see visits to it as a lack of sympathetic or regret over wartime history.
Two photographs posted late Tuesday and then removed from Instagram showed Bieber praying out-of-doors at the shrine and footing beside a Shinto priest. The images annoyed China as well as many commenters’ on Instagram and Twitter.
In a fresh Instagram post Wednesday evening, Justin Bieber 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.