Sega pulls Judgment from sale in Japan following drug arrest

Sega halts Judgment shipments and digital sales in Japan following actor Pierre Taki's arrest [Update]

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

While Taki is best known to music fans as one half of synth-pop duo Denki Groove, one of his most recent high-profile roles is in Judge Eyes, a video game from developer Sega that's scheduled for Western release under the title Judgement. According to The Mainichi, the 51-year-old actor was arrested for use of cocaine yesterday.

"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 the product's homepage". They've also confirmed that they are deleting tweets relating to the game's sale due to this decision.

It's as yet unclear what this means for the western release of the game, which is due out in the United Kingdom in June.

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Soon after the arrest, Sega issued a statement addressing Taki's arrest and announcing plans to stop all sales of Judgment. The company would like to "apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties". Among the villains the player character goes up against is Kyohei Hamura, leader of the Matsugane-gumi yakuza syndicate, who is voiced by, and looks like, Taki. The nation has a zero tolerance policy for drugs of any kind and the long dick of the law will come down hard on anyone caught using a banned substance. Last year, the company replaced actor Hiroki Narimiya in Yakuza 4 after his own cocaine allegations. Publisher SEGA has stated that the Western release, currently due to hit United States and Europe in June, is now "under consideration".

Taki's arrest happened less than a week after Sega localization producer Scott Strichart wrote a PlayStation Blog post about his team's painstaking efforts in bringing the game to Western audiences - breaking convention to write full, separate subtitle scripts for both the English subbed and dubbed versions "because it's the right thing to do". Taki is also slated to voice Olaf in the Japanese release of Frozen 2 (as well as Kingdom Hearts 3), and Disney is now looking to replace him in that role.

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