Taki plays Kyohei Hamura in Judgment. Pierre Taki, who provides the voice for in-game character Kyohei Hamura, as well as the Japanese version of Olaf in both Disney's Frozen and Kingdom Hearts 3, was arrested by Tokyo police last night.
According to Japan Times, the punishment for possessing or using cocaine in Japan is a prison sentence of up to seven years.
As reported by Kotaku, investigators arrested Taki after receiving a tip the actor had been using cocaine, and although a search of his property and vehicle proved fruitless, a urine test eventually came back positive.
Judgment had been on sale in Japan since December 2018, and is due to be published worldwide later this year. 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".
However, while Sega itself isn't going to sell you copy of the game, physical copies of Judge Eyes that have already shipped are still available, though their stocks are likely to start dwindling rapidly. The western release has a different cast of voice actors providing the English version of the game.
This was because the original actor Hiroki Narimiya had retired in 2016, following allegations of cocaine abuse.
Japan has a draconian view of illegal drugs. Given that the rest of the Yakuza series is being gradually ported to PC, however, it's possible that a PC release of the spin-off could be under consideration. "Video game fans are nothing if not diligent, and bootleg translations of foreign games crop up fairly frequently", says games journalist Elliot Gardner.
This isn't the first time Sega has taken a strong stance against drug use by its employees.