If Japanese developers want to better compete with Western studios they need to hone their social skills, according to former Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki.
"It's important to have the skill to express what you're doing, what you want to do - you know, express yourself. I'm talking about social skills," he explained. "Japanese developers, they don't have the necessary social skills. The American social skills, European social skills."
"You know, maybe they don't have humor; they don't know how to joke around. Maybe it's a problem with their manner. So if those people don't have those necessary social skills, and if those people are the ones who are developing the game, no matter how much they try to make globally accepted, globally popular games, that work in different cultures, that might be very difficult."