For me the Japan case is more on the type of game than where it was made. So keeping DKC and similar cases doesn't really help you have a clear idea.
I though CoD, Fifa, TLOU and UC had decent sales over there.
For a long time Konami had the exclusive rights to the J League and all Japanese teams for their Winning Eleven series, so that's probably a big part of the reason why. I believe Japan is the only country in which Winning Eleven would consistently outsell FIFA.