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KMT councilor in Kaohsiung denies painting town red

RESEARCH?A magazine said Tsai Chin-yen visited numerous brothels in Japan, but the councilor said he was only doing so to understand the market

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter

A Greater Kaohsiung councilor yesterday denied allegations that he caroused with prostitutes during an official visit to Japan last week, saying he only entered sex establishments to observe Japan’s sexual business culture.

Greater Kaohsiung Council independent speaker Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源) led 34 councilors on an official visit to Yokohama on Friday.

The Chinese-language Next Magazine yesterday alleged that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Councilor Tsai Chin-yen (蔡金晏) left a hotel alone at night and took a taxi to a red-light district in Yokohama.

Reporters said they saw Tsai entering a sex establishment, adding that he did not stay there very long and left, only to enter another one, also leaving shortly thereafter, the magazine wrote.

The report said Tsai visited several such establishments that night, spending about one hour in the red-light district.

The magazine published photos of Tsai entering the establishments.

“Sex shops in Japan are allowed to post pictures of naked women or sex scenes outside, which is illegal in Taiwan,” Tsai told reporters. “I wanted to learn about the Japanese-style sexual business culture and that is why I entered those stores, so that I could ask them some questions.”

“However, I did not spend any time with prostitutes,” Tsai said.

Tsai was elected as a Greater Kaohsiung councilor in November.

Next Magazine also alleged that the delegation only spent two days visiting city construction sites on the five-day trip, while spending the other three days shopping and spending time in luxury hot spring hotels, where they reportedly played mahjong.

The magazine said the councilors were misusing public funds.

Defending the delegation, Hsu said the visit and associated spending were in accordance with regulations.

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