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Japanese adult-video star’s shows banned over permit

A Japanese adult-video actress was banned from staging any shows in Taiwan yesterday because she didn’t have a legal working permit, the Taipei municipal Bureau of Labor Affairs said.

Jun Kasanagi, who is known for her G-cup breasts, was invited by Trans World International Exhibition Co. to help attract visitors to a multimedia hardware and software show being held at the Taipei World Trade Center.

The Info Multi-media Taipei from July 4-7 is the first large trade fair since the city was gripped by a SARS outbreak in mid-March.

Municipal labor officials came to the exhibition hall to check the 25-year-old A-V star’s work permit after they received a tip-off that the trade fair organizer has not applied a work permit for Kasanagi.

Her dance performance was already over when the labor officials arrived at 11 a.m.

As her local host couldn’t produce a legal work permit, labor officials said Kasanagi and the show’s organizer will be fined.

Under current regulations, Kasanagi could be fined NT$30,000 to NT$150,000 for having performed on stage without a legal work permit. In addition, her local employer would face a fine ranging between NT$150,000 and NT$750,000.

Kasanagi, who has starred in 30-plus adult videos, was originally scheduled to give a show yesterday afternoon. But the performance was canceled after labor officials found that she didn’t have a work permit.

Media reports said Wang Yu-cheng, a People First Party Taipei City councilor, pushed municipal labor authorities to inspect Kasanagi’s work permit.

According to press reports, Kasanagi’s dancing prowess and stage show were unimpressive. Most of the 400 or so audiences who watched her maiden performance here said they were disappointed by her performance.

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