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

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

Sega Stops Sales Of Yakuza Spinoff Judgment In Japan After Actor Arrested For Alleged Cocaine Use

Taki plays a key role in Judgment as Kyohei Hamura, the captain of the Tojo Clan's Matsihame family. 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.

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.

Games firm Sega is to stop sales of its video game Judgment in Japan, after actor Pierre Taki, who appears in it, was arrested for alleged drug use.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for using cocaine in Japan is seven years in prison. According to the Japan Times, Taki was arrested in Tokyo on Tuesday and admitted to using a "small quantity of cocaine" earlier in the week.

Judgement! It's a new game from the Yakuza team over at Sega, that looks like a Yakuza game, smells like a Yakuza game and even horrifically maims various gangsters in its signature Kamurocho district just like previous Yakuza games did.

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In a tweet, Sega added its tweets related to Judgment have also been deleted.

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.

On March 12, officials from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's Narcotics Control Department searched the home of veteran actor and musician Pierre Taki.

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

When the company re-released Yakuza 4 for the PlayStation 4 in Japan, one of the game's main protagonists was recast to be played by a different actor, Toshiki Masuda. 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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