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Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka has been arrested

Yuji Naka, one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog and former CEO of Sonic Team, was arrested in Tokyo on insider trading allegations. He is accused of having bought 10,000 shares of the development studio Aiming for around 2.8 million yen after learning that the studio, together with Square Enix, Dragon Quest Tact is working. That was before the official announcement, leading the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office to accuse him of gaining an unfair advantage.

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Former Square Enix employees Taisuke Sasaki and Fumiaki Suzuki were also arrested yesterday. The two are said to have jointly acquired 162,000 shares at a price of 47.2 million yen. There are no comments from Square Enix or Yuji Naka yet.

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Naka himself only reported to Square Enix himself in April, accusing the publisher of giving him six months before the release of Balan Wonderworld removed by the team and having released the game incomplete. He is also said to have been banned from promoting the platformer on social media.

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