According to Mainichi News (via Kotaku), the arrest was made after a tip-off led investigators to search Taki's vehicle. The 51-year-old actor agreed to take a voluntary urine test which revealed cocaine in his system.
The move comes as Taki was arrested on drug charges after testing positive for cocaine. Possession or use of cocaine in Japan carries a prison sentence of up to seven years. 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.More news: Embiid returning to action after eight-game absence
The good news for gamers is that Sega is not now planning to permanently suspend sales of Judge Eyes, as the statement closes with the company saying it is looking into the specifics of the case, and will make a decision regarding what to do at a later date.
If that were not enough (it's not apparently!), Sega is also deleting tweets about Judgement. This will affect both physical and digital sales. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and related parties.More news: Emerson concerned Hazard will leave Chelsea
We've contacted SEGA for more information on its next steps, and if it's considering anything drastic just yet. A Yakuza 4 actor who played one of the game's main, playable characters was recast for the game's Japanese remaster on PS4 earlier this year, despite being accused of drug use and later cleared of the allegations in the nine-year period between the two versions.More news: Spotify Takes On Apple’s Anti-Competitive Behavior in Europe
Today the Japanese arm of Sega announced via a press release that it unilaterally suspended sales of Judgment (titled Judge Eyes on the local market) and all its DLC in Japan. At the moment, the game's Western release date remains unchanged on the official website, and Taki is still listed as Hamura's actor. With latest developments, it is unclear if Sega will delay the global launch. Newsweek has reached out to Sega for comment, but has yet to recieve as reply.