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Yuji Naka Arrested For Insider Trading A Second Time

Yuji Naka, a co-creator of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, has been arrested for insider trading a second time. The news comes not long after Naka was previously arrested on similar charges after his departure from Square Enix.

Per Asahi via Takashi Mochizuki on Twitter, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office was arrested for insider trading related to Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.

Naka and another former Square Enix employee had allegedly bought shares of Ateam after learning they were working on The First Soldier before the knowledge became public. The article mentions Naka purchased 120,000 shares of Ateam, with a value of ¥144.7 million yen.

November’s arrest came in relation to similar tactics being used to purchase stock at Aiming, the studio responsible for Dragon Quest: Tact. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’ Office Investigation Department said that Naka, plus Taisuke Sazaki, and Fumiaki Suzuki purchased stocked ahead of Tact’s reveal. Naka had purchased around ¥47 million yen.

“We have been fully cooperating with requests from the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission,” Square Enix said last month. “As the investigation by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is underway, we will continue to fully cooperate with their investigation.”

“We deeply regret the great concern this has caused to all concerned. We have dealt with this incident strictly, including internal disciplinary actions taken against the suspected employees.”