Following the news that Irem canceled Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, Japanese retailer Famicom Plaza reports the publisher will no longer re-publish past games from the series in Japan. This includes Disaster Report, Raw Danger, and the Japan-only PSP game Disaster Report 3.
All three games were re-released as PlayStation the Best titles or in other words they were "Greatest Hits" games in Japan. Disaster Report 3, originally released in April 2009, became a PSP the Best game back in February of this year.
This news has made quite a stir on Japanese blogs, but it does not mean Irem has outright shelved the entire series. They’re just halting production on reprints. Also, after awhile "the Best" versions naturally run out of circulation. While Disaster Report 3’s budget version is recent, Disaster Report was a PlayStation 2 the Best game back in 2004. Surely, Irem wasn’t reprinting copies of the PlayStation 2 game in 2010 or even 2009.