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EasyCard chief takes leave over porn star row

EasyCard chief takes leave over porn star row

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – EasyCard Corporation Chairman Tai Chi-chuan is taking unpaid leave beginning Friday following the uproar over the choice of a Japanese porn star to feature on card covers, reports said Thursday.
The Taipei City Council has been caught in fierce exchanges between Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je and councilors over the two card covers featuring actress Yui Hatano.
After Ko announced that Tai would lose his position of chairman by the end of the month but would remain as CEO, critics faulted him because the official’s pay would barely be cut.
At a city council session Wednesday, confrontation between Ko and mostly Kuomintang councilors turned into insults, with Democratic Progressive Party supporters of the mayor almost coming to blows with opponents.
As the council session was suspended, KMT members demanded an apology from the mayor over his anger at the insults.
The issue also became caught up in a conflict over the release of a list of council members who allegedly had ordered the Hatano card covers. The first list the city government came up with only showed the surnames of the alleged councilors, leading to speculation about their identity, since several share the same surname.
The city agreed to issue a new full list on Thursday, which saw the number of councilors reduced.
The politicians named on the list said they had applied for the cards in order to pose questions about them during council sessions, while some said they had not received any cards or had already returned them.
The controversy broke out last month, with at first mostly women’s rights activists complaining about the two pictures of the Japanese star. Critics faulted Ko for waiting so long before taking action against Tai.
Prominent economist and holding company chairman Kenneth Lin, who was expected to succeed Tai at an EasyCard Corp. board meeting scheduled for later this month, will take over in an acting capacity from Friday, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-28 13:21 GMT+08:00