I'm curious, with the supply shortages, how much they would have sold in Japan by this point had there not been shortages. And I don't just mean that in the way most would, but because, I'd imagine, with limited supplies, that Microsoft has shipped more to places where demand is higher.
In an ideal economic situation, there would be surplus, so you can have whatever is in demand from each market ready to sell in that market. But this situation isn't ideal, so I'd imagine MS is prioritizing USA for receiving shipments since that is where most of the demand is for Xbox, therefore even moreso limited their potential success in Japan. Basically, I'm arguing that the pandemic is disproportionately impacting sales of consoles in markets that there isn't as much demand in in order to maximize sales/revenue/profits for the company by focusing on markets where there is higher demand.