Judgment was first released in Japan last December, under the title Judge Eyes. Sega has also begun deleting all tweets related to the game. According to The Mainichi, the 51-year-old actor was arrested for use of cocaine yesterday. Taki later admitted to using the drug.
Taki plays Kyohei Hamura in Judgment.
Besides serving as the voice and model for Judgment's yakuza Kyohei Hamura, Taki also played the voice of Olaf in the Japanese version of Frozen as well as the newly released Kingdom Hearts III. All this fuss may seem a bit overblown to Western eyes, particularly given Taki is playing a mob boss in a video game for adults, but Japan has a very stringent anti-drug culture and accompanying laws. Until further notice, Sega has chose to to put a stop in shipments and digital sales for Judgment, and will refrain from further updating the game's official website. An official news release from Sega, translated by Gematsu, states, "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 on the product's homepage".
No word on whether western release is affected.
Sega will make an announcement regarding its future course of action as soon as a decision is made.
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This was because the original actor Hiroki Narimiya had retired in 2016, following allegations of cocaine abuse.
According to Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki, Sega is discussing how this will affect plans for Judgment's western release.
"In Japan, that's not a publicity plus". Police are now trying to ascertain how often the actor may use the drug and from where he obtained it. Japan has a strong stance on drug use and the crime can come with a sentence of up to seven years.
Even if Mr Taki is recast, it may be hard for Sega to erase him entirely from the virtual world of Judgment.
Sega already has seen an issue with drug use in Yakuza games.