Tomonobu Itagaki has outlined exactly why he thinks game development has suffered in Japan and it's not just to do with a lack of technological skills.
"In Japan, in this industry, they are lacking not just in technology, but the important thing is the creativity and ingenuity," Itagaki told Gamasutra.
"They're lacking in that. So they complain a lot, they say a lot, but then they don't take action. So before they say anything bad or complain"”'Do something!' is what I want to say."
Itagaki also went on to explain that Japanese developers have no social skills, they don't know how to have a laugh or even have fun. This is in start contrast to American and European developers.