Microsoft Announces Resignation of Xbox Japan General Manager After Eight Years at the Helm

on November 27, 2014 11:42 PM

Today Microsoft Japan made a brief announcement disclosing that the local General Manager of Interactive Entertainment Business Takashi Sensui resigned from his position.

The cause for the resignation has not been disclosed, and no successor has been mentioned for the moment, but it’s possible that the poor performance of the Xbox One in the country may have been the cause for Sensui-san’s departure.

We interviewed Sensui-san back in September, and he seemed to believe in the chances of the console in the archipelago of the Raising sun. Unfortunately his hopes still haven’t come to fruition.

Sensui-san will not leave Microsoft, and will continue to work as Interactive Entertainment Business General Manager at Xbox’s headquarters in the United States, where he will continue to support the expansion of the brand in Japan. After joining the company in 2002, he has led the Xbox in Japan for eight years since 2006

It’ll be interesting to see who will take up his challenging role, and we’ll probably hear more about it in the near future.

Update: Microsoft followed up announcing that for the moment the Japanese Xbox business will be overseen by Consumer & Partners Group General Manager Yoshinami Takahashi and Consumer & Partners Retail Business Group General Manager Nobuyoshi Yokoi. Marketing activities for the Xbox brand in Japan will continue from the retail group headquarters.

 /  Executive News Editor
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