City Removes Manhole Cover Decorated with Denki Groove's Pierre Taki
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The punishment of Denki Groove member and actor Pierre Taki has been swift. The Narcotics Control Department of Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry arrested Taki on Tuesday for alleged illegal possession and use of cocaine. Since the arrest, Square Enix has recast his role as Olaf via a patch in Kingdom Hearts III, Sega temporarily cease sales of its Judgment PlayStation 4 game, four different broadcasters cancelled or replaced his role in their programming, and this weekend's Denki Groove concert is scrapped.
Another smaller erasure of Taki's legacy was noticed by Twitter user Step_Jerk on Wednesday. Taki was one of two individuals painted onto a custom manhole cover on the street outside the south exit of the Fujieda railway station in Fujieda, Shizuoka. According to Step_Jerk's post, the cover was there that morning but was gone by 6 p.m. that day.
藤枝駅南口にあるピエール瀧のマンホール、今朝はあったのに18時頃に無くなっていた... pic.twitter.com/ebmuMygvbh— すてっぷ@ぷろしゅーと (@step_jerk) March 13, 2019
The manhole cover was made to promote Shizuoka Asahi TV's Pierre Taki no Shonnai TV variety show, one of the programs recently cancelled. It was put in place in September 2017. Taki is himself a Shizuoka native.