Drug Charge Results in Halted Sales of ‘Yakuza’ Spin-Off Game ‘Judgment’



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

The Mainichi News reports that 51-year-old Taki confessed to using a small amount of cocaine, and police are now searching for further evidence. He provided a voluntary urine sample, and the test came back positive for the drug. Investigators were first tipped off about the actor's drug use over a year ago, and are now searching his phone to learn more about the extent of his drug use. An official press release from Sega said the company "received arrest reports", and it is "currently confirming the facts".

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

As soon as we hear more, we'll let you know.

Sega already has seen an issue with drug use in Yakuza games.


Taki plays a key role in Judgment as Kyohei Hamura, the captain of the Tojo Clan's Matsihame family.

It is not known if this incident will have any influence on the Western release of Judgment, which is scheduled for June 25.

According to Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki, Sega is discussing how this will affect plans for Judgment's western release. Assuming Sega takes a similar approach for Judgment's future, it will likely mean some significant delays. IGN has contacted Sega for comment. Taki also voiced Olaf in the Japanese version of Disney's Frozen.

Pierre Taki is the stage name of Masanori Taki, a member of the pop duo Denki Groove.

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