Date
28 July 2017
The wildly popular transit cards feature Yui Hatano in one of two guises: angel (left) and devil (right). Photo: AFP/EasyCard
The wildly popular transit cards feature Yui Hatano in one of two guises: angel (left) and devil (right). Photo: AFP/EasyCard

Taipei metro cards featuring porn star sell out within hours

The Octopus cards Hongkongers use on the MTR come in many designs, but none has raised as much of a stir as a similar transit card in Taiwan.

Taipei metro cards featuring pictures of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours of going on sale at midnight Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing the firm that issued the cards.

Commuters had snapped up every EasyCard bearing a picture of Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano by 4.18 a.m.

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

It had previously announced that the cards, on which Hatano is seen fully clothed in “angel” or “devil” poses, would be sold at various outlets, including convenience stores.

“We apologise for the huge public controversy we have caused,” the firm said on its website.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je exhorted the company Monday “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 by a popular erotic video website.

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