Judgment Sales Halted in Japan Following Actor’s Drug Arrest, Western Release Uncertain


Before becoming an actor, Taki was a musician, co-founding the popular synthpop group Denki Groove. The investigators were acting on information that the 51-year-old Taki (legal name Masanori Taki) was using cocaine.

The effect of the actor's arrest on the western version of the game is not yet known. He has since admitted to use of the drug, which is in violation of the country's strict narcotics laws.

Taki-san plays the role of Yakuza officer Kyohei Hamura in Judgment, and you can read a description below from the game's official western website. 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.

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. The company would like to "apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties". A year later, copies of anime Kill Me Baby were pulled from circulation when voice actress Ai Takabe was arrested for cocaine possession.

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In a statement from Sega, the company says it received information regarding the arrest of Taki, and are now confirming the facts. The game is scheduled for worldwide release on June 25th, and it's now unclear if Sega will delay its launch or push through with its original plan.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. The publisher has even gone as far as to delete its own tweets referencing the game. Pierre Taki, who provides the voice for in-game character Kyohei Hamura, as well as the Japanese version of Olaf in both Disney's Frozen and Kingdom Hearts 3, was arrested by Tokyo police last night.

It's unclear whether the game will eventually go back on sale, with Sega explaining it's now considering its next move.