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Sega halts Judgment sales in Japan following actor arrest

Sega halts Judgment sales in Japan following actor arrest”

Before becoming an actor, Taki was a musician, co-founding the popular synthpop group Denki Groove.

Taki has subsequently been placed under arrest, and has admitted "There is no mistake that I used cocaine". 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. It's set in Kamurocho, the fictional red light district based on Tokyo's Kabukicho, where the Yakuza franchise is also set.

We believe that the arrest of Mr. Pierre, who is a performer of our product JUDGE EYES: The Testament of the Grim Reaper, is highly regrettable. Following the arrest, SEGA issued the following statement concerning the title's availability in Japan: "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. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved".

Sales of "Judgment" will be halted in Japan after one of the voice actors was arrested for cocaine use, according to a statement released Wednesday from SEGA (translation courtesy of Kotaku). The western release has a different cast of voice actors providing the English version of the game.

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". Americans and Europeans aren't as scandalized by drug use, so could the game's upcoming release still happen?

It's unclear whether the game will eventually go back on sale, with Sega explaining it's now considering its next move.



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