Wada denies Japanese decline

The president of Square Enix – the increasingly Western-facing Japan-headquartered publishing empire – has refuted the widely held view that the Japanese game industry is in decline.

Yoichi Wada is thought to be the first high-profile industry executive that’s publicly spoken in defence of the Japanese industry.

If you look at the numbers alone the market is not declining,” he said. The perspective might be different for the Western markets because the growth there was significant. Compare that to Japan and our growth curve happened a few years ago.

But to say the market is declining based on comparable growth elsewhere might not be the right thing to do.”

There’s lots more information on this on sister site Develop.

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