Sega pulls Judgment from sale in Japan following drug arrest


According to Mainichi News (via Kotaku), the arrest was made after a tip-off led investigators to search Taki's vehicle. According to news reports, police searched Taki's vehicle and house based on tips, and no drugs were found, but Taki himself tested positive for cocaine use.

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

Following the arrest of the actor, Judgment's publisher SEGA has issued a statement that the actor's arrest is "highly regrettable".

Taki has admitted to violating the country's drug laws and using a small amount of cocaine.

Taki served as both model and voice of Judgment's yakuza Kyohei Hamura.

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.

Sega halts Judgment shipments and digital sales in Japan following actor Pierre Taki's arrest [Update]
Sega pulls 'Judgement' sales following voice actor's cocaine arrest

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. "We apologize for any trouble this causes our customers or other concerned parties". A Yakuza 4 actor who played one of the game's main, playable characters was recast for the game's Japanese remaster on PS4 earlier this year, despite being accused of drug use and later cleared of the allegations in the nine-year period between the two versions.

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

This isn't the first time Sega has taken a strong stance against drug use by its employees.

"Judgment" is coming to western players on June 25, 2019, according to the official website.

Taki is an actor and musician known for being a member of the band Denki Groove and the voice of snowman Olaf in the Japanese dubbing of Disney's Frozen.