Sega stops sales of Judgement in Japan following major actor’s arrest

Sega stops sales of Judgement in Japan following major actor’s arrest

Sega stops sales of Judgement in Japan following major actor’s arrest

On March 12, officials from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's Narcotics Control Department searched the home of veteran actor and musician Pierre Taki. The investigators were acting on information that the 51-year-old Taki (legal name Masanori Taki) was using cocaine.

Taki has subsequently been placed under arrest, and has admitted "There is no mistake that I used cocaine".

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The actor is a member of the pop group Denki Groove. It's set in Kamurocho, the fictional red light district based on Tokyo's Kabukicho, where the Yakuza franchise is also set. It is not clear at this time whether or not the halted sales in Japan will affect the release of the game's release elsewhere. The company would like to "apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties".

▼ True to Sega's word, the once lavish website for Judge Eyes, which included extensive character profiles and screenshot collections, is now just a plain white background with the sales suspension statement. The game releases in North America and Europe on June 25, 2019. All this fuss may seem a bit overblown to Western eyes, particularly given Taki is playing a mob boss in a video game for adults, but Japan has a very stringent anti-drug culture and accompanying laws. The publisher has even gone as far as to delete its own tweets referencing the game.

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There's been some recent news in Japan regarding the arrest of actor Pierre Taki, who voiced captain Kyohei Hamura in Judgment, and Sega announced that it has taken actions to put a stop in the game's shipments.

At the moment it is unclear how long this suspension of the game's sales will last or whether it'll be permanent, but Sega has engaged in a veritable campaign to remove as many traces of it as possible.

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Besides serving as the voice and model for Judgment's yakuza Kyohei Hamura, Taki also played the voice of Olaf in the Japanese version of Frozen as well as the newly released Kingdom Hearts III.

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