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

Alfred Osborne
March 14, 2019

The 51-year-old actor agreed to take a voluntary urine test which revealed cocaine in his system.

Sega of Japan has also deleted all tweets related to Judgment. According to the Japan Times, Taki was arrested in Tokyo on Tuesday and admitted to using a "small quantity of cocaine" earlier in the week.

The move comes as Taki was arrested on drug charges after testing positive for cocaine.

Update 1:34 a.m.: The Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki reported on Twitter that Sega is now discussing its course of action regarding the western release of Judgment, and that a decision has not yet been made. An official news release from Sega, translated by Gematsu, states, "Sega has received the arrest reports and are now confirming the facts, but for the time being, we will voluntarily refrain from shipments and digital sales of [Judgment], as well as from things like posting on the product's homepage".

Judgment, which is called Judge Eyes in Japan, launched in Japan back in December. "We apologise for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved".

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"With a final product already in circulation in Japan, I can not believe Sega will keep the game hidden away from sight for long". Publisher SEGA has stated that the Western release, currently due to hit USA and Europe in June, is now "under consideration".

Taki served as both model and voice of Judgment's yakuza Kyohei Hamura.

The actor was arrested for the alleged use of cocaine. With latest developments, it is unclear if Sega will delay the global launch. Taki voices Kyohei Hamura in the game, and the character also appears to share a likeness in appearance with Taki. Disney is reportedly trying to get him removed from the upcoming Frozen 2, for which he provided the Japanese voice of Olaf, but that should be a relatively simple substitution.

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