Microsoft has designated Japan as a Tier 2 country for the launch of Xbox One, and promises that it won't be too far behind the US release.
He said: "For the launch of Xbox One, Japan is a Tier 2 country and not a Tier 1 country, so it'll come with the second wave that will be delayed a little bit [compared to North America]."
Microsoft previously confirmed that Xbox One will only be released in 21 countries this year, with no Asian nations among them. Japan was a particularly notable absence.
While there is still no word on how long these nations will have to wait for the new console, Higuchi did say the Japanese launch "won't be delayed too much from the North American release".
Hopefully, that means within the first half of the year, rather than the second.