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Gematsu: Sega halts sales of Judgement (JP) after actor Pierre Taki arrested on cocaine charges

Oct 25, 2017
12,032
#1
https://gematsu.com/2019/03/sega-ha...-in-japan-following-actor-pierre-takis-arrest

Sega has announced a voluntary halt on shipments and digital sales of Judgment (Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon) in Japan following news of actor Pierre Taki’s arrest for allegedly using cocaine in violation of Japan’s drug control law.

Taki plays the role of Kyohei Hamura in Judgment. Hamura is the captain of the Matsugane family, a subsidiary of the Tojo Clan based in Kamurocho.

In a press release, Sega said, “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 on the product’s homepage. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved.”
Sega statement https://sega-games.co.jp/release/190313_1.html (JPN)

No wordon any effect for the western release.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,393
#7
It should be noted that drugs are super illegal in Japan. So if a celebrity gets (allegedly) caught with them, all their work gets immediately removed from the public eye, which is why Sega is doing this. This is a pretty standard procedure. I'm sure Judge Eyes will eventually go on sale again, but it's still a pretty bad situation for now. I really, really hope this won't affect the western release.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm not sure it would, but I really hope this doesn't change localization/Western release plans. :/

I know it's a difference in culture at play, but scrubbing an actor's work for something like this seems really weird.

it's probably pretty bad my first thought was "neat, he's really trying to get into the character"
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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Going to echo my own thoughts from the other thread
I sincerely hope someone from the American side of Sega can get on the phone with the Japanese side and say something to the effect of “hey listen, we know this is a big deal. But look: western movie star Tim Allen is basically 99% cocaine at this point and he does children’s movies regularly. We Americans love cocaine. Please let us release the game as intended”
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#18
It should be noted that drugs are super illegal in Japan. So if a celebrity gets (allegedly) caught with them, all their work gets immediately removed from the public eye, which is why Sega is doing this. This is a pretty standard procedure. I'm sure Judge Eyes will eventually go on sale again, but it's still a big yikes for the time being.
They seriously do damnatio memoriae on the person works every time for drugs? Dang. Is there any historic reason why drugs are treated THAT harshly in the public eye over there?
 

salromano

Mr. Gematsu
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Oct 25, 2017
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#24
It should be noted that when Sega re-released Yakuza 4 for PlayStation 4 in Japan this January, Masayoshi Tanimura (one of the game’s four playable protagonists) was recast to be played by Toshiki Masuda due to original actor Hiroki Narimiya retiring in 2016 following allegations of cocaine abuse.

Edit: Also, Gematsu*
 

PlanetSmasher

The Abominable Showman
Member
Oct 25, 2017
22,996
#26
I really hope this doesn't affect the Western release. I would be shocked if SoA is willing to tank that big of a hit to their finances and release schedule over a cocaine charge, but the industry is weird.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Tokyo
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And yet Watsuki only got a minor fine for child porn possession and continues drawing manga.
Businessmen here are kinda sick when it comes to underage girls. They don't even hide their leering looks.
Laws are less strict on certain things dealing with that but oh man get caught with drugs and you are fucked. People, you do not want to go to Japanese jail for drug charges.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#32
Quite the synchronicity here by the way: With Pierre Taki disappearing from all forms of media, Noriko Sakai will make her first TV performance in 11 (!) years later this month on TV Tokyo. The reason why she vanished? Drugs. Another little side note: Japan (and other Asian countries like South Korea) have very strict slander laws. So once a celebrity returns to the public eye, reporting about their past's arrest can get you sued.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,657
#36
hmm, not really sure the correct course of action for sega.

if they remove him, i'm assuming he is a pretty substantial role that will take months to fix.

if they don't, they look uncaring, and based on the history of other celebrities in similar positions, a disclaimer is not enough.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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#37
They seriously do damnatio memoriae on the person works every time for drugs? Dang. Is there any historic reason why drugs are treated THAT harshly in the public eye over there?
Yes. It cause unhealthy addiction and death, and drug addicts take extreme measures to obtain their drugs. It cause harm to their love ones etc
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#38
Thought it was going to be so much more serious based on the actions they took. Which sounds horrible, but cocaine and speed are just kind of a normalized thing in entertainment production.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#40
Yeeeep, drugs carry steep repercussions in Japan both legally and socially...even if they're false (poor Hiroki Narimiya).

Not surprising, and this is a serious matter, but I really hope this does not affect the release of Judgment in the west.
 
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Yes. It cause unhealthy addiction and death, and drug addicts take extreme measures to obtain their drugs. It cause harm to their love ones etc
While I am not saying at all this dude or anyone should do them, come on man. What an exaggeration.

"Just realized how serious drug are in Japan"

Over 70 thousand Americans died in 2017 in drug abuse. Seems to me the US needs to get more serious.
So we're doing whataboutism now?