Japanese entertainment company Sega has cancelled shipments of its video game "Judgment", also known as "Judge Eyes", after one of its actors was arrested on drug charges. According to The Mainichi, the 51-year-old actor was arrested for use of cocaine yesterday.
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. According to news reports, police searched Taki's auto and house based on tips, and no drugs were found, but Taki himself tested positive for cocaine use. Judgment was released in Japan back in December 2018. In the recently released remaster of the Japanese version of Yakuza 4, the voice and likeness of policeman Tanimura were recast after the original actor, Hiroki Narimiya, retired from the entertainment industry following unsubstantiated cocaine rumors. 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. "We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved". Taki is also slated to voice Olaf in the Japanese release of Frozen 2 (as well as Kingdom Hearts 3), and Disney is now looking to replace him in that role.
Taki plays a key role in Judgment as Kyohei Hamura, the captain of the Tojo Clan's Matsihame family.
Japan's attitude towards the usage of drugs is vastly different to other parts of the world. 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. "We are withdrawing Judgment from sale in Japan for the time being, including both physical and digital editions".
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