Sony Music has apologised after a Japanese girl band performed in a public concert wearing outfits that bore resemblance to uniforms worn by the Nazis during World War 2.
The group, called Keyakizaka46, wore military-style black coats similar to those worn by the paramilitary wing of Hitler’s Nazi party in a Halloween performance.
The costumes consisted of long, black coats and caps featuring a bird insignia that ressembles the Pateiadler eagle emblem of the Nazis.
They provoked a wave of criticism on social media and were described as “deeply offensive” by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish human rights organisation.
Sony Music Japan, the band's record label, has since issued a statement saying: “We express our heartfelt apology for causing offence […] because of our lack of understanding.
“We take the incident seriously and will make efforts to prevent a reoccurrence of a similar incident in the future.”
The spokesperson added that there had been no intention to link the performance to Nazism, according to Sky News.
It is not the first time a Japanese music group has attracted criticism for wearing clothing similar to that of the Nazis.
In 2014 a girl band called PRITZ was lambasted for wearing black shirts with red arm bands resembling those bearing the swastika worn by the Waffen SS.
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