Two special edition swipe cards for Taiwan's mass transit are seen on display featuring the image of 27-year-old Japanese porn star Yui Hatano, in Taipei, Taiwan. Despite strong opposition, the limited-edition cards sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline. (Central News Agency/ AP Photo)
Two special edition swipe cards for Taiwan's mass transit are seen on display featuring the image of 27-year-old Japanese porn star Yui Hatano, in Taipei, Taiwan. Despite strong opposition, the limited-edition cards sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline. (Central News Agency/ AP Photo)

Taiwan: Metro cards with porn star's images sold out within hours

A set of metro cards featuring pictures of a Japanese porn star sold out on Tuesday within hours of going on sale at midnight in Taiwan, the company said.
By HT Correspondent | Reuters, Taipei
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2015 09:30 PM IST

A set of metro cards featuring pictures of a Japanese porn star sold out on Tuesday within hours of going on sale at midnight in Taiwan, the company said.

Commuters had snapped up every EasyCard bearing a picture of fully clothed Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano by 4:18am.

Responding to a public outcry and demands from Taipei's mayor, the EasyCard Corp decided to limit sales of the 30,000 cards to telephone orders only at the last minute.

It had previously maintained that the cards, in which Hatano poses in "angel" and "devil" poses, would be sold at various outlets, including convenience stores.

"We apologise for the huge public controversy we have caused," the company said in a statement posted on its website.

Taipei's mayor Ko Wen-je, on Monday, exhorted the company "not to let this kind of thing happen again".

The "angel" card shows Yui smiling, dressed in white. The "devil" version shows her dressed in black and shooting a sultry gaze at the camera. Pornography is conspicuous by its absence.

Taiwan is one of Asia's most liberal societies, though conservative attitudes persist among the older generation and in religious communities.

Hatano, 27, was recently ranked the No.9 porn star in Asia, according to erotic video website Xvideos.com.

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