Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Sega Halts Sales of Judgement in Japan Following Actor's Cocaine Arrest

Sega Halts Sales of Judgement in Japan Following Actor's Cocaine Arrest

Taki plays a key role in Judgment as Kyohei Hamura, the captain of the Tojo Clan's Matsihame family.

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.

If that were not enough (it's not apparently!), Sega is also deleting tweets about Judgement. 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.

This followed a search by authorities of Mr Taki's vehicle and home, and a subsequent arrest after traces of cocaine were found in a urine test. Until further notice, Sega has made a decision to to put a stop in shipments and digital sales for Judgment, and will refrain from further updating the game's official website.

Sega's decision highlights an emerging aspect of video game production, design, and management. Judgment was released in Japan back in December 2018. Following the arrest, SEGA issued the following statement concerning the title's availability in Japan: "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". The game has halted sales both physically and digitally.


A PR company that works with SEGA on "Judgment" did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

This is not the first time that Sega has changed the course of a game because of an actor's conduct. Narimiya retired from the industry shortly after these allegations cropped up, and his likeness and voice were erased from the new version of Yakuza 4, which delayed the game's release in Japan by three months (it's yet to be released over here).

"In Japan, that's not a publicity plus".

Japan has some of the strictest drug laws in the world.

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