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Japan Sega game sales halted after cocaine arrest

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13th March, 2019 08:00:20 printer

Japan Sega game sales halted after cocaine arrest

Games firm Sega is to stop sales of its video game Judgment in Japan, after actor Pierre Taki, who appears in it, was arrested for alleged drug use.

 Taki, who plays a gangster in the game, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of using cocaine.

Judgment had been on sale in Japan since December 2018, and is due to be published worldwide later this year.


As well as halting shipments and digital sales, Sega has said it will delete tweets relating to the game.


The 51-year-old actor, whose real name is Masanori Taki, is reported to have admitted using a small quantity of cocaine in Tokyo, according to the Japan Times.


This followed a search by authorities of Taki's car and home, and a subsequent arrest after traces of cocaine were found in a urine test.

Japan has strict drug laws, and possession of cocaine can carry a sentence of up to seven years.

The actor is a member of the pop group Denki Groove. He is also the voice of the snowman Olaf in the Japanese version of Disney's Frozen.


But it is his role in a video game that is attracting the most controversy. Judgment, which is called Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon in Japan, features the voice and likeness of Taki - who plays a Yakuza gangster called Kyohei Hamura.


"Sega has received the arrest reports and are currently 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 company said in a statement, as translated by the games website Gematsu.


On Twitter, Sega said it would also be deleting marketing tweets about the game.



Source: BBC