There´s been a lot of talk in recent days about Japanese game development having lost its edge in the face of the West´s forward momentum. Balderdash! Partially because "balderdash" is a criminally underused term. But it also has a lot to do with the fact that plenty of folks are still importing their games. This is great for those with region-free consoles who can understand and read Japanese. Unfortunately that´s a rather small number, relatively speaking.
The obvious solution? Get to localizing. Between gaming´s past and present, there are an endless number of titles which, for whatever reason, never made the jump to North American soil.