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New Yakuza spin-off yanked from shelves over actor’s arrest

14 March 2019
New Yakuza spin-off yanked from shelves over actor’s arrest

The actor is a member of the pop group Denki Groove. One of its actors is Pierre Taki, who both voices and lends his likeness to organized crime boss Kyohei Hamura.

As well as halting shipments and digital sales, Sega has said it will delete tweets relating to the game. For example, one of Yakuza 4's playable characters was recast when it made its way to the PS4 in Japan, again due to cocaine abuse. Taki is being held in Koto Ward and may face a prison sentence of up to seven years for possession or use of cocaine.

As reported by Japanese news outlet The Mainachi, Taki - who plays Yakuza Kyohei Hamura in the game - was arrested late last night after his home was searched based on several tip-offs and later transferred to a police station in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Wednesday after a urine test which turned up traces of cocaine. 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.

Judgment, which is called Judge Eyes in Japan, launched in Japan back in December. "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".

Judgment is due to be released in the United Kingdom and other countries in June.


Following the arrest of the actor, Judgment's publisher SEGA has issued a statement that the actor's arrest is "highly regrettable".

But it is his role in a video game that is attracting the most controversy. Sega has not indicated any other course of action regarding the title at this time.

According to Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki, Sega is now discussing how this situation regarding the Japanese retraction of Judgment will affect the western release of the Yakuza-spin off, which is now scheduled for release on PS4 June 25.

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