Vietnam Internet firm praises Japanese porn star as possible spokesperson

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An Internet content provider in Hanoi did not confirm rumors that it is recruiting a female Japanese porn star to promote one of its products, but did say that any company in the field would want her as a PR face.

A representative from VDC-Net2E, a provider of online study and entertainment services, told the online edition of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday that the company would not comment on any issues related to Maria Ozawa, known in the adult video industry as "Miyabi."

The company said in a latest press release that any information about its plans with Ozawa is "unofficial" and "unverified by VDC-Net2E."

Yet it also said that:

 "As an online game distributor, we believe it is possible for any company in the field to choose Ozawa to represent their products, and we are not an exception."

The company did confirm that it had decided to use a foreign star in some of its upcoming promotions.

There have been rumors online, especially on social networking sites, that company representatives are already in Japan and negotiating with Ozawa, and that she has been scheduled to be in Ho Chi Minh City for several days this September.

The Japanese-Canadian performed in her first adult video in 2005 at the age of 20, after watching many sex tapes she borrowed from her brother's friend. She claims to have become sexually active at 13 and that she learned 48 sexual positions from a book.

Vietnam does not specifically outlaw the use of pornographic stars in advertisements, but some officials said doing so would go against Vietnam's traditions and would likely to face objections, given that the country is trying to limit the spread of online games as well.

Competitors of VDC-Net2E, which was established in 2005 by Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group and the Kalet Company of South Korea, among others, said the company might be generating the Ozawa rumors itself to draw attention to its new products.

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