Throngs of fans packed Tokyo Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday to watch K-pop group BTS perform songs from across its five-year career. The crowd cheered, bought merchandise and the two days offered the seven-member group some respite from a week of scandal.

Things kicked off when TV Asahi canceled a performance by the group on its “Music Station” program scheduled for Nov. 9 after a photo began spreading online of BTS member Park Ji-min, better known as Jimin, sporting a long-sleeved shirt celebrating South Korea’s independence from colonial Japanese rule on a Korean TV program in August last year. At issue was a photo on the shirt that depicted the atomic bomb that exploded over Nagasaki in 1945.

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