Originally Posted by odd_morsel
"I like it but they don't, it must be xenophobia/racism" is lazy defeatism, IMO.
Gotta say I agree with odd_morsel's sentiments on this theme.
As for the OP - I think Microsoft need to keep their finger in Japan's pie, so to speak. A strategic retreat today could make make any future Japan-centric plans they have all the more challenging.