Judgment Removed From Sale in Japan After Actor Arrested


Pierre Taki, an actor and musician was arrested after police received tips and searched his vehicle and domicile.

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

As well as halting shipments and digital sales, Sega has said it will delete tweets relating to the game.

Judgment was first released in December 2018 in Japan as Judge Eyes.

The actor is a member of the pop group Denki Groove.

We have received arrest reports and are now confirming the facts, but for the time being we have chose to refrain from shipping and DL sales of the product and posting of product HP etc. According to the Japan Times, Taki is now being detained after a positive drug test and could face a prison sentence of up to seven years.

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According to Japan Times, the punishment for possessing or using cocaine in Japan is a prison sentence of up to seven years. The next day, Sega put out a press release (in Japanese) announcing that it would voluntarily halt distribution and promotion of Judgment in response to Taki's arrest. The company would like to "apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties".

We've contacted SEGA for more information on its next steps, and if it's considering anything drastic just yet.

It should be noted that when Sega re-released Yakuza 4 for PlayStation 4 in Japan this January, Masayoshi Tanimura (one of the game's four playable protagonists) was recast to be played by Toshiki Masuda due to original actor Hiroki Narimiya retiring in 2016 following allegations of cocaine abuse.

"With a final product already in circulation in Japan, I can not believe Sega will keep the game hidden away from sight for long".

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. With latest developments, it is unclear if Sega will delay the global launch. He is also the voice of the snowman Olaf in the Japanese version of Disney's Frozen.