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EasyCard chairman resigns over stored-value card controversy

EasyCard chairman resigns over stored-value card controversy

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) The official at the center of a recent controversy triggered by the issuance of stored-value cards featuring photos of Japanese porn star Yui Hatano resigned Tuesday from his post as chairman of EasyCard Corp. Tai Chi-chuan (???) issued a statement that evening in which he extended his apology for the controversy that has lasted for nearly a month and said he would step down as both director and chairman of the EasyCard Corp., as well as director of EasyCard Investment Holdings Corp., which is EasyCard Corp.'s parent company. EasyCard Corp. said that Kenneth Lin (???), chairman of EasyCard Investment Holdings Corp., will take over temporarily and that barring any unexpected developments, will formally assume the posts left by Tai when a board meeting is held Sept. 25. Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. Chairman Ho Chen Tan (???) will serve concurrently as chairman of EasyCard Investment Holdings Corp. Tai and his company have been rebuked by the public, especially by women's groups, since it announced Aug. 26 that it was collaborating with Hatano to introduce a two-card limited edition series featuring her image to raise money for charity. The Taipei city government, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp., Taipei Fubon Bank, and 12 bus companies in the city are major shareholders of EasyCard Corp., and the chairman is appointed by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???). Ko had originally only wanted to demote Tai to president of EasyCard Corp., but was criticized for suggesting an empty gesture, as Tai would still have remained the corporation's top manager. The public lashed out at Ko for being lenient toward Tai because the latter helped him win the mayoral election last November. (By Huang Li-yun, Y. F. Low and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-01-25 06:09 GMT+08:00