Sega pulls Judgment from sale in Japan following drug arrest

New Yakuza spin-off yanked from shelves over actor’s arrest

Today the Japanese arm of Sega announced via a press release that it unilaterally suspended sales of Judgment (titled Judge Eyes on the local market) and all its DLC in Japan. He has since admitted to use of the drug, which is in violation of the country's strict narcotics laws.

We have heard the reports of his arrest, and are now confirming the facts of the situation, but in the meantime, we have made a decision to voluntarily halt shipments of physical copies of the game as well as digital sales, and also to remove the game from our company website. On that same note, Taki is also the voice of comic relief snowman Olaf in the Japanese-language dub of Disney's Frozen, and also reprises the role for Square Enix's multi-franchise crossover Kingdom Hearts III, and while neither Disney nor Square Enix have said they'll be suspending sales just yet, if you've been thinking about picking up the Japanese release of either, now's probably the time. Sega has also been deleting posts about the game from its social media accounts.

This followed a search by authorities of Mr Taki's auto and home, and a subsequent arrest after traces of cocaine were found in a urine test.

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Video game stories from other sites on the web. In the recently released remaster of the Japanese version of Yakuza 4, the voice and likeness of policeman Tanimura were recast after the original actor, Hiroki Narimiya, retired from the entertainment industry following unsubstantiated cocaine rumors. Before becoming an actor, Taki was a musician, co-founding the popular synthpop group Denki Groove. And what of its planned worldwide release this June? Given that the rest of the Yakuza series is being gradually ported to PC, however, it's possible that a PC release of the spin-off could be under consideration.

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

"In Japan, that's not a publicity plus". Japan takes the use of illegal drugs extremely seriously, and SEGA has responded by pulling the game off store shelves and digital storefronts.

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