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Taiwan travel card features porn star to 'cheer you up'

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The images on the controversial cards
The images on the controversial cards

A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's public transport system featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star has sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition.

Taiwan's EasyCard said on its website that it sold its full run of 15,000 card sets by 4.18am after phone orders started at midnight.

The cards - also used for store purchases - feature images of Yui Hatano, a 27-year-old Japanese woman who local media said likes Taiwan and wants to help the card company's charity donation scheme.

Critics campaigned against the cards, saying the images disrespect women and send inappropriate messages to children.

Many stores declined to sell the cards, and the company ended up offering them via the hotline only.

A spokeswoman for easyCard, Lin Hsiao-chi said. “This set of cards is suitable to put in your wallet and collect. When you look at it, it will cheer you up.”

As for Hatano, she doesn't see what the fuss is about.

“Just because I am an adult video porn star ... does it mean that I cannot pay a debt of gratitude to my beloved Taiwan?” Hatano is reported to have told Focus Taiwan website.