Chinese Actor Zhang Zhehan Dropped From At Least 25 Endorsement Deals After Old Photos Of Him At Infamous Japanese Shrines Resurface
He is estimated to have lost over S$10.5mil and is now being boycotted by members of the China Association of Performing Arts.
Recently, a three-year-old photo of Chinese actor Zhang Zhehan, 30, posing in front of the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo was dug up and circulated online, sparking outrage among netizens and the media.
Yasukuni Shrine is notorious for honouring some of the country’s worst war criminals and is still seen as a glorification of Japan’s past military atrocities, including their invasion of China from the 1930s to the 1940s.
Visits to the shrine by politicians and public figures often draw protests from Beijing as well as South Korea, which also went through a brutal occupation by Japan.