Thursday, December 9, 2021

Ace Attorney Characters Are Being Used to Stop Japanese Children Smoking Weed

Japan’s Osaka Prefectural Police is using Ace Attorney characters as part of a campaign to tackle marijuana use among children.

In a press release from Capcom, the company revealed that it is working with Osaka police’s juvenile delinquency prevention awareness program to produce 6,000 posters and 4,000 flyers that will feature characters from The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. The posters feature the classic Ace Attorney “objection!” stance, accompanied by a large “NO!” written in the instantly recognisable font.

According to Capcom, the Osaka Prefectural Police reached out to the company to request use of the Ace Attorney characters as part of their new anti-weed campaign. The police are currently promoting an anti-drug message to children after they witnessed “a conspicuous shift toward younger age groups” among marijuana use cases.

The flyers will be given out alongside individually wrapped face masks at Osaka Prefectural educational institutions, police boxes, and train stations from today, December 9.

While this is the first time Ace Attorney characters have been used as part of a policing project, Capcom has previously worked with law enforcement before, having collaborated with prefectural police in the Kansai region on prevention activities and traffic safety awareness for Tamura Police Station, among other projects.

For more from Ace Attorney that won’t ask you to stop smoking weed, check out our hands-on with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and why it took so long for it to come to the West.

Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer.


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