Japan Sega game sales halted after cocaine arrest

Yolanda Curtis
March 14, 2019

According to the Mainichi News, investigators searched Taki's auto and Tokyo home based on tips they had received.

As reported by Kotaku, investigators arrested Taki after receiving a tip the actor had been using cocaine, and although a search of his property and vehicle proved fruitless, a urine test eventually came back positive.

Sega of Japan has also deleted all tweets related to Judgment.


The actor is a member of the pop group Denki Groove. While Japan has a robust domestic show business industry, the country tends to be far less lenient regarding celebrity drug use than many other countries, and whenever a well-known entertainer gets in trouble for narcotics use or possession, media distributors are quick to distance themselves from the figure at the center of the scandal.

In a press release, Sega said, "Sega has received the arrest reports and are now confirming the facts, but for the time being, we will voluntarily refrain from shipments and digital sales of [Judgment], as well as from things like posting the product's homepage".

"The arrest of Taki by Japan's equivalent of the Drug Enforcement Agency is an embarrassment to Sega. We apologise for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved".

"We will notify you of future responses as soon as we determine".

"With a final product already in circulation in Japan, I can not believe Sega will keep the game hidden away from sight for long".

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

Judgment was first released in December 2018 in Japan as Judge Eyes.

Mr Taki, who plays a gangster in the game, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of using cocaine. Taki voices Kyohei Hamura in the game, and the character also appears to share a likeness in appearance with Taki. According to Asahi News, Disney plans to replace Taki as Olaf in Frozen 2.

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