Yakuza Spin-off Judgment Pulled from Sale in Japan After Drugs Scandal

Yakuza Spin-off Judgment Pulled from Sale in Japan After Drugs Scandal

Judgment has been pulled from physical and digital storefronts in Japan after one of the game's voice actors was arrested for the alleged use of cocaine. Taki is being held in Koto Ward and may face a prison sentence of up to seven years for possession or use of cocaine. Taki admitted to drug use earlier in the week and was arrested on drug-related charges.

As a response, Sega has issued a statement announcing that it has made a decision to suspend all Judge Eyes shipments and sales while it's "confirming the facts".

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. "We apologise for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved".

Jacket belonging to missing backpacker Catherine Shaw found in Guatemala
It added that Shaw had been fasting for days before her disappearance and "disposing of possessions, including clothing". British backpacker Catherine Shaw was found dead in Guatemala almost one week after her disappearance.

Sega also stated that it will no longer promote the game online, with the official Japanese website no longer accessible and all past tweets by Sega's official Twitter account regarding the game being deleted. Last year, the company replaced actor Hiroki Narimiya in Yakuza 4 after his own cocaine allegations.

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

Judgment was first released in December 2018 in Japan as Judge Eyes. Among the villains the player character goes up against is Kyohei Hamura, leader of the Matsugane-gumi yakuza syndicate, who is voiced by, and looks like, Taki. At the time of writing, the game is still available on the PlayStation Store in Hong Kong and other regions in Asia. And what of its planned worldwide release this June? Japan takes the use of illegal drugs extremely seriously, and SEGA has responded by pulling the game off store shelves and digital storefronts. It is not clear at this time whether or not the halted sales in Japan will affect the release of the game's release elsewhere.

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