Justin Bieber said he's sorry to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he wrongfully believed it was merely a place of prayer, according to the Associated Press.

The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. It's a point of contention between Japan and China as well as South Korea, whose residents view Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and believe that anyone who visits it as lacking understanding or remorse over wartime history.

Someone needs to show this guy how that whole Google thing works.

Bieber posted, then removed, two photos from his Instagram account, showing the singer praying outdoors at the shrine and standing beside a Shinto priest. The images reportedly outraged people in China as well as many commenters on Instagram and Twitter.

He seems to be getting pretty good at the whole "outraging people" thing.

In a new Instagram post Wednesday, Bieber wrote that 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," he wrote.

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