Microsoft has deemed Japan a "tier 2" territory for the Xbox One release, according to translated statements made by Yasuyuki Higuchi, president and CEO of Microsoft Japan.
During the interview, Higuchi is reported to have said the Japanese Xbox One release will be part of the "second wave", following launches in North America and Europe.
The nature of the translation means that the answer should not, for now, be deemed definitive. CVG has contacted Microsoft for clarification.
"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]," reads the translated statement.
When asked to clarify, Higuchi reiterated: "That's right. It'll launch after the Tier 1 markets".
According to the exec the Japanese launch "won't be delayed too much from the North American release."
Whether this means the Japan launch will be delayed into 2014 is unknown.
"We continue to build on our partnerships, we continue to build on our offerings for consumers inside of that space," he said.
"We think it's an important market, and we'll continue building on the working investment that we've done over all these years. I'm not going to go in to details of the launch until we talk to key partners and build a market strategy."
Microsoft has officially confirmed an Xbox One release date window of November 2013 in 21 markets and a price of £429 / $499 / €499.