Yes, yes... they completely flopped in Japan:Originally Posted by in touch with the wii
I4U News - Sony Sold 88,400 Sony PS3 in Japan says Enterbrain
They sold 8,400 more consoles than they were even going to supply to Japan... Seems like a success to me.
Edit - Read this article. Explains the launch, the numbers, the outcome, and what is to come. A great read:
In Tokyo, PS3 launch cures few of fever | Tech News on ZDNet