Japan doesn't mean much for consoles. The late release of the PS4 there kind of speaks to where the home market stands in the grand scheme of things.
Their importance in the gaming world was overblown for years compared to the percentage of the customer base that actually resided there. And the console business has been declining significantly in Japan in recent years which further erodes that. And for game development and publishing, they're weaker today than they've been since the late 1980's when Japan essentially resurrected the videogame console and then largely created the mobile offshoot of the business a few years later.
If Sony and Nintendo themselves weren't Japanese companies (Including some of their close partners like Polphony), they'd have little importance these days. Even one time 3rd party giants of the world like Konami, Capcom, and Sega struggle these days (And Namco and Square don't seem to thrive like they used to and don't seem far behind).
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