Lonely Planet Writer

Taipei transit card causes a stir with images of adult film star

A special edition of Taipei’s new transit swipe card has caused a stir as it features two images of a famous Japanese adult film star.

An EasyCard reader in a Taipei metro station.
n EasyCard reader in a Taipei metro station. Image by Antonio Tajuelo / CC BY 2.0

The EasyCard is a stored value card that can be used on the city’s transit network as well as in some shops. A special edition of the card featuring pictures of Yui Hatano was released on Tuesday, and sold out in four hours. The card caused a public outcry, with critics calling the images disrespectful to women and saying they were inappropriate for children. Read more: www.taiwannews.com