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

14 March 2019

According to the Mainichi News, investigators searched Taki's vehicle and Tokyo home based on tips they had received.

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

Judgment did seem to be doing well in Japan following positive reviews, but now a spanner has been thrown in the works after one of the game's actors was arrested for drug use. Taki is being held in Koto Ward and may face a prison sentence of up to seven years for possession or use of cocaine.

"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 the product's homepage", the company said in a statement, as translated by the games website Gematsu.

"The arrest of Taki by Japan's equivalent of the Drug Enforcement Agency is an embarrassment to Sega".

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Taki plays Kyohei Hamura in Judgment. "We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved". 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. In fact, Sega has already had to deal with this before, removing an actor from Yakuza 4 following cocaine allegations.

As soon as we hear more, we'll let you know.

Besides Judgement, Taki also voices Olaf in the Japanese version of Frozen as well as the recently released Kingdom Hearts III.

"With a final product already in circulation in Japan, I can not believe Sega will keep the game hidden away from sight for long". The game is scheduled to arrive in America and Europe this June on PS4, but there is no word yet if that's still the plan given the controversy surrounding Taki. Assuming Sega takes a similar approach for Judgment's future, it will likely mean some significant delays.

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