Local company sends porn to Japanese preschools
A Taiwanese contractor mistakenly produced a batch of pornographic DVDs labeled as preschool educational materials for a Japanese company, which has claimed compensation for the negligence, according to a report yesterday. Many of the DVDs were reportedly played in Japanese preschools.
A preschool teacher in Tokyo played a video in front of a class, expecting to show the kids how to exercise safely, when she saw images of women on the screen with a provocative caption, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily.
The teacher stopped playing the video at once, checked it later and confirmed it was pornography, according to the report. Similar cases occurred in several preschool around the country.
The Japanese government filmed a video about safe exercises for kids and allowed companies to bid on the government contract for manufacturing the video. The successful bidder, a Japanese company, outsourced the work to Sojean Corporation (
), a Taiwanese DVD manufacturer, according to the report.
A Sojean Corporation spokesman claimed that the company is investigating the production process and is very willing to go to Japan to solve the problem if need be.
The company will shoulder responsibility if an investigation finds it is at fault, said the spokesman.
The relevant Japanese authority ordered the Japanese company to recall the whole batch of DVDs. Up to 86 out of some 30,000 recalled DVDs were found to be pornographic, investigations indicate.
The Japanese company attempted to come to Taiwan to claim compensation of roughly NT$130 million for damage to its credibility after a six-month overseas consultation with the Taiwanese DVD manufacturer failed, according to the report.
But an attorney surnamed Shih ( ) told the Apple Daily that it is unlikely Taiwan courts will order compensation of NT$130 million in this case.