Xbox Japan employs well know Japanese games figure

The sales of Microsoft’s Xbox are considerably behind that of Sony’s PS2 in Japan, so it is interesting to see that Microsoft have appointed Yoshihiro Maruyama as the new general manager of the Xbox Division at Microsoft Japan, starting 1 October.

Until recently Yoshihiro Maruyama was Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Operating Officer COO of the highly respected software developer Squaresoft, who are best known for the Final Fantasy epic series of game.

Maruyama has dealt extensively with both the US and Japan when negotiating content licencing with companies in both countries including Disney.

It is imagined that Microsoft hope his appointment will bring them much needed credibility in Japan.