Lo­cal com­pany sends porn to Ja­panese preschools

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

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.

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