Sega stops sales of Judgement in Japan following major actor’s arrest

Isaac Cain
March 14, 2019

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.

The effect of the actor's arrest on the western version of the game is not yet known. Possession or use of cocaine in Japan carries a prison sentence of up to seven years. It's set in Kamurocho, the fictional red light district based on Tokyo's Kabukicho, where the Yakuza franchise is also set.

We have received arrest reports and are now confirming the facts, but for the time being we have made a decision to refrain from shipping and DL sales of the product and posting of product HP etc. The company would like to "apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties".

▼ True to Sega's word, the once lavish website for Judge Eyes, which included extensive character profiles and screenshot collections, is now just a plain white background with the sales suspension statement.

In 2014, Universal Music Japan stopped selling Chage & Aska's music after they were caught with MDMA, reports Kotaku. The 51-year-old actor agreed to take a voluntary urine test which revealed cocaine in his system.

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Update 1:34 a.m.: The Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki reported on Twitter that Sega is now discussing its course of action regarding the western release of Judgment, and that a decision has not yet been made.

At least for now, it seems like Judgment may be done for in Japan, but what about the game's upcoming Western release? At the time of writing, the game is still available on the PlayStation Store in Hong Kong and other regions in Asia.

On Twitter, Sega said it would also be deleting marketing tweets about the game.

Sega has halted shipments and digital sales of its high-kicking detective title Judgment, following the arrest of actor Pierre Taki, who features in the game as Tojo Clan subsidiary captain Kyohei Hamura.

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