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Hong Kong hostess club uses unauthorized photos of Japanese gravure idols

A K-pressure club in Hong Kong
An ad for a K-pressure club in Hong Kong
TOKYO (TR) – Japan’s social media was abuzz on Tuesday following revelations that promotional material for a speciality hostess club in Hong Kong is using unauthorized images of gravure idols Yuri Morishita and Yu Tejima, reports Tokyo Sports (Sept. 3).

Morishita (@yuuri905590), Tejima, and a number of other women in race queen suits are shown standing below a red signboard advertising the services at a K-pressure club referring to itself as a “Man’s Paradise.”

“Oftentimes I’ll hear about my photos being used by clubs in Macau and Hong Kong without permission,” the 28-year-old Morishita wrote on her blog on Tuesday. “But I am shocked to actually see a poster.”

According to Nikkan Gendai (Sept. 3), the photos were likely taken without permission from a shoot dating back several years.

Tejima (@piyoteji), 31, took to Twitter to respond to the revelations, largely with laughter. “Maybe I can open my own hostess club in Hong Kong,” she joked. “Seriously, if the two of us were to do that would we pack them in every night?”

As to the services rendered at a typical K-pressure establishment, a Japanese resident of Hong Kong tells Gendai that drinking, karaoke, and massages — that are highly sexual in nature — are available for around 6,500 yen.