Judgment Removed From Sale in Japan After Actor Arrested

Ruben Fields
March 14, 2019

Sega has also been deleting posts about the game from its social media accounts.

Taki was arrested for alleged cocaine use which, given Japan's extremely tough drug laws, could result in a seven-year prison sentence. Though no cocaine was found, Taki was given a urine test which positively identified cocaine use, according to Nippon.

We believe that the arrest of Mr. Pierre, who is a performer of our product JUDGE EYES: The Testament of the Grim Reaper, is highly regrettable.

As a response, Sega has issued a statement announcing that it has chose to suspend all Judge Eyes shipments and sales while it's "confirming the facts".

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In a press release, Sega said, "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. We apologise for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved".

We've contacted SEGA for more information on its next steps, and if it's considering anything drastic just yet. At the moment, it's stopped all digital and physical sales of the game, which has been out in Japan since December and which was (is?) going to be released stateside this coming June.

Sega already has seen an issue with drug use in Yakuza games. At the moment, the game's Western release date remains unchanged on the official website, and Taki is still listed as Hamura's actor. One of its actors is Pierre Taki, who both voices and lends his likeness to organized crime boss Kyohei Hamura. Developer Ryu ga Gotoku Studios replaced actor Hiroki Narimiya in Yakuza 4 previous year after also faced allegations of cocaine use. Assuming Sega takes a similar approach for Judgment's future, it will likely mean some significant delays. According to Asahi News, Disney plans to replace Taki as Olaf in Frozen 2.

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