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14 March 2019, 07:55 | Casey Mitchell
Sega Stops Sales Of Yakuza Spinoff Judgment In Japan After Actor Arrested For Alleged Cocaine Use
The investigators were acting on information that the 51-year-old Taki (legal name Masanori Taki) was using cocaine.
According to Japan Times, the punishment for possessing or using cocaine in Japan is a prison sentence of up to seven years. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties.
Sega pulls 'Judgement' sales following voice actor's cocaine arrest
The Mainichi News reports that 51-year-old Taki confessed to using a small amount of cocaine, and police are now searching for further evidence.
In a unusual and surprising round of news, Sega has announced that it has stopped physical shipments and digital sales of the Yakuza spinoff Judgment in Japan following the arrest of actor Pierre Taki.
According to Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki, Sega is now discussing how this situation regarding the Japanese retraction of Judgment will affect the western release of the Yakuza-spin off, which is now scheduled for release on PS4 June 25.
Soon after the arrest, Sega issued a statement addressing Taki's arrest and announcing plans to stop all sales of Judgment. Before becoming an actor, Taki was a musician, co-founding the popular synthpop group Denki Groove. The publisher has even gone as far as to delete its own tweets referencing the game. Hopefully the game comes out - I'm pretty anti-drug personally, but I enjoy music, movies, and other entertainment created by people who may consume the occasional substance.
The reason behind this sudden decision is the fact that Pierre Taki, whose voice and likeness are used in the game as character Kyohei Hamura, was arrested as a suspect for the usage or possession of drugs. 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. "We are withdrawing Judgment from sale in Japan for the time being, including both physical and digital editions".
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