Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Sega Halts Sales of Judgement in Japan Following Actor's Cocaine Arrest

Sega Halts Sales of Judgement in Japan Following Actor's Cocaine Arrest

The investigators were acting on information that the 51-year-old Taki (legal name Masanori Taki) was using cocaine. Sega has also been deleting posts about the game from its social media accounts.

SEGA is still considering next steps, though it would be hard to completely replace Taki at this point, considering the game was released a year ago in Japan. Possession or use of cocaine in Japan carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.

The actor was arrested for the alleged use of cocaine. Judgment, which is called Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon in Japan, features the voice and likeness of Mr Taki - who plays a Yakuza gangster called Kyohei Hamura.

We have heard the reports of his arrest, and are now confirming the facts of the situation, but in the meantime, we have made a decision to voluntarily halt shipments of physical copies of the game as well as digital sales, and also to remove the game from our company website.

Taki is an actor and musician known for being a member of the band Denki Groove and the voice of snowman Olaf in the Japanese dubbing of Disney's Frozen.

Sega Stops Sales Of Yakuza Spinoff Judgment In Japan After Actor Arrested For Alleged Cocaine Use

It's unclear whether the game will eventually go back on sale, with Sega explaining it's now considering its next move.

Judgment is due to be released in the United Kingdom and other countries in June. Sega has not indicated any other course of action regarding the title at this time.

This was because the original actor Hiroki Narimiya had retired in 2016, following allegations of cocaine abuse.

"The arrest of Taki by Japan's equivalent of the Drug Enforcement Agency is an embarrassment to Sega". Taki is one of the stars in PlayStation 4 game "Judgment", which is a spin-off of the popular "Yakuza" series of video games. Before you get all judgey over how Sega's handling Judgement - pun intended - and Japan's cultural outlook on drugs overall, just remember that Roman Polanski was still winning Oscars in 2002.

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