Today is the last day at Sega of America for Yas Noguchi. Yas has been championing the Yakuza series ever since he started working at Sega.

When no one thought Yakuza 4 would sell he fought for it. When Dead Souls was brought over you have him to thank. When Fuma became Kazama again in Yakuza 4 that was him. I realize it’s not a solo effort over there but he’s a true fan and a great guy.

Goodbye Yas thanks for everything!

From Yas

To everyone here on the SEGA/Yakuza forums,

Today is my last day here at SEGA.

I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with the Yakuza Team on bringing Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls to the West. I am happy I was able to present their vision of those games as they originally intended it.

I also had the honor and privilege of working with the Sonic Team on making Sonic Generations PS3/XB360 last year as the game’s Senior Producer for the West. The project meant a lot to me, as the game also represented the 20th Anniversary celebration of Sonic, our company’s awesome blue mascot. 

I’m also grateful to everyone at SEGA West who worked with me to bring those games to you.

I am sad to leave the company, but I know I leave things in good hands. My colleagues will continue to bring Japan-developed SEGA games to the West with the love and care they deserve.

Thank you for your support!

Yas Noguchi

You can say goodbye to him in this thread over here on the Sega Yakuza forums.


Here’s Yas showing off Yakuza Dead souls!